President Donald Trump's 2020 budget provides for a five percent increase in defense spending, notably to finance building his controversial border wall, while slashing funds for diplomacy by 23 percent. "They are extreme to a level that is malicious - a level that is meant to do harm".
The wall with Mexico played a big part in Trump's campaign for the White House, and it's expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort. As America's farmers are reeling from the worst economic crisis in decades, this budget twists the knife further: $26 billion cut to crop insurance; $9 billion cut to conservation program payments; $8 billion cut to programs that help ranchers recover grazing lands hurt by drought, and cuts $219 billion from nutrition assistance programs that feed almost 40 million hungry families. They said it would boost local funding from around $850 million in 2019 to $882 million in the 2020 fiscal year. "Voters always want to know, 'What have you done for me lately?' If he doesn't paint a picture of what his second term will look like, then the Democrats will do it for him".
"Contrary to what most Americans believe, the war on terror is not winding down", noted Stephanie Savell, a researcher at Brown University who helped compile the infographic. The budget would reduce the growth of various Medicare provider payments and includes changes aimed at addressing waste and abuse in healthcare and lowering drug prices, according to The Washington Post.
Of that $200 billion in new spending, the administration has specific plans for only $10 billion of it. "Too many people in New Hampshire continue to struggle to get the lifesaving treatment that they desperately need, which is why Congress and the administration must continue to work together to deliver resources where they are needed most". Back when Trump still had that new president smell - and control of both Houses in Congress, ' tweeted Ben Corb, a spokesperson for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. "He hasn't proposed what he advocated for as a candidate?" Now that he's president, Trump is doing the exact opposite. The administration unveiled plans to curb them through a proposed rule after Republican efforts to do so failed in the Congress.
By comparison, proposed funding for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) amounts to Dollars 42.8 billion, a decrease from the Dollars 55.8 billion granted by Congress the previous year.
The White House's top budget official acknowledged Tuesday that the federal deficit is ballooning to $1.1 trillion alongside the Republican tax plan but vowed the fiscal picture would improve as a result of projected economic growth.
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Presidential budget proposals rarely make it into law as is, as Congress usually puts its stamp on federal spending.
Democratic lawmakers pressed Vought on why the administration focused cuts on discretionary nondefense spending rather than mandatory spending programs, despite the fact they are a larger contributor to the country's widening deficit.
But Vought says it's time to break with congressional practices of the past. "This is the process that is not on autopilot".
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In total, the proposed budget would cut R&D spending by 11 percent, ScienceInsider reports.
Though the President promised to pay off the national debt in eight years during his 2016 campaign, the President's budget does not project a balanced budget for 15 years. According to the White House, we should expect gross domestic product growth of about 3 percent as far as the eye can see. While such forecasts are hard to predict, the White House figure is at odds with projections made by the International Monetary Fund, which anticipates United States growth will decline to 2.5% this year and soften further in 2020 as the fiscal stimulus of the Republican-backed 2017 tax cuts fades. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss budget details before Monday's release of the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.
"Altogether, the budget would make poverty deeper and more widespread, increase the ranks of the uninsured, exacerbate inequality and racial disparities, and shrink opportunities for those trying to get ahead", said Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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