White House Releases 2019 Trump Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney proposed a $4.38 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2019 on Monday.

The budget calls for the elimination of 22 agencies or government programs, according to The Hill.

The administration is requesting $716 billion for the Defense Department, a 13-percent increase over 2017 levels.

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“Wow — I can’t believe we got everything we wanted,” Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly told President Trump.

Non-defense spending would increase by $63 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 and by $68 billion next year.

It cuts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding to 6.1 billion, a 31 percent cut in comparison to Obama-era fiscal 2017 spending levels.

The plan also reforms food stamps by sending packages of food directly to low-income families. They call for a $200 billion reduction in food stamp spending over the next 10 years.

The budget also eliminates 22 agencies or programs.

It calls for space stations to be fully privatized.

The budget is a proposal and Congress will ultimately decide what actually gets passed.

 

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