Trump proposes $4.4 trillion budget to Congress
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Trump proposes $4.4 trillion budget to Congress

February 13, 2018

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Unspun and unbiased. These are the facts.

On Monday, President Donald Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion budget to Congress for the 2019 fiscal year.

Under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, the president must submit a budget outlining his priorities to the Senate. The budget requires 60 votes to pass. Currently, Republican senators hold a majority with 51 seats. The Senate and House Budget Committees must now work on a new proposal that considers Trump’s proposed budget. The final budget would be approved by Oct. 1, when the new fiscal year begins.

Some of the budget’s proposed allocations and cuts are:

  • $716 billion in military programs and for the maintenance of the country’s nuclear arsenal.
  • $540 billion in non-defense spending.
  • $200 billion for infrastructure over the next decade.
  • $85.5 billion in discretionary funding for veteran medical care.
  • $23 billion for border security, most of which would fund the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border aimed at stopping illegal immigration.
  • $571 million to hire 2,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and agents.
  • $13 billion for opioid abuse prevention, treatment, recovery and mental health programs.
  • A $2.8 billion (34 percent) budget reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • A $489 billion funding reduction for the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  • An 4.5 percent increase in U.S. contributions to the U.N.

The White House estimated that the reductions in spending on certain programs will save $600 million in government spending compared to 2017. The budget also estimated an annual gross domestic product growth of at least 3 percent over the next three years.

Sources: Reuters, The New York Times, Vox