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Trump 2020 budget plan includes funding boost for military and border wall, cuts elsewhere

March 11, 2019

The White House on Monday released President Trumps 2020 budget blueprint, which calls for a boost in military funding next year and cuts to domestic programs, while also including money for initiatives like infrastructure and combating the opioid epidemic.

This budget shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence while continuing to invest in critical priorities, said Russ Vought, acting director of the White House budget office.

The budget plan boosts military funding by 5 percent in 2020, to $750 billion, while cutting non-defense discretionary spending by 5 percent.

The budget includes $2.7 trillion in cuts in the long term, and projects that the federal government will to get to a balanced budget in 15 years.

The budget also includes $8.6 billion for construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall - well above the $5.7 billion the president had been seeking in 2019 spending legislation.

White House budget blueprints are frequently ignored by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and congressional Democrats have already said Congress would reject the wall money request.

Most government spending, including for mandatory programs like Medicare and social security, is essentially on autopilot already.

Of the $2.7 trillion in cuts, $1.9 trillion is slated to come from mandatory spending.