The Latest: Trump budget seeks billions for opioid abuse
Feb. 12, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget proposal (all times local):
President Donald Trump's budget for the 2019 fiscal year surpasses $4 trillion and seeks big increases in money to combat the opioid epidemic and billions for his long-promised border wall.
The budget was written before last Friday's budget pact, making the fiscal plan being released Monday all but irrelevant.
In a preview of the 2019 budget, the White House says it will ask for a $13 billion increase over two years for opioid prevention, treatment and long-term recovery.
Trump also is requesting $23 billion for border security, including $18 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition, the money would pay for more detention beds for detained immigrants.
Border security funding may well depend on legislation dealing with young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
President Donald Trump's 2019 budget heading for Congress is already outdated, thanks to last Friday's bipartisan budget deal.
The president's proposed fiscal blueprint was completed before the budget pact delivered a two-year, almost $300 billion increase above prior "caps" on spending. That separate agreement drives a stake into White House promises last year to take a meat ax to domestic agencies and eventually bring the budget back into the black.
The 2019 budget to be unveiled Monday was designed to double down on last year's proposals to slash foreign aid, the Environmental Protection Agency, home heating assistance and other nondefense programs funded by Congress each year.
Trump would again spare Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare.
President Donald Trump's budget director says the budget that the administration sends to Congress on Monday will seek to move some of the billions of dollars in extra spending that Congress approved last week to areas that will reflect the president's priorities.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says the administration's budget plan will include $3 billion for the wall along the southern border that Trump has made a priority, but there will be a contingency for $25 billion in spending on the wall over two years if Congress passes legislation to deal with young immigrants known as Dreamers.
Mulvaney acknowledged the new spending approved last week will result in annual deficits in future years of $1 trillion and higher, but he says the administration will propose ways to avoid that fate.