Trump 2019 Budget Makes Big Changes to Entitlements and Will Build the Wall

The White House just released its 2019 budget on Monday and it looks to cuts the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years. The Budget would see to increases for the DHS, and Veterans Affairs. While the budget will cut funds to the State Department, Labor and Housing and Urban Development will see their decreases.

Other entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the food aid program SNAP would also see cuts. According to NBC News:

The 2019 Trump budget puts dollar signs next to key elements of the president’s own priorities list, including $18 billion for a wall along the Southern border, $200 billion for infrastructure spending and billions to combat the opioid epidemic.

The plan would put $200 billion in federal funding toward the administration’s proposed $1.5 trillion infrastructure effort, a proposal that relies heavily on public-private partnerships and asks states and local governments to spur action on infrastructure in their communities. The 2019 budget released Monday asks for $21 billion “to jump-start key elements” on the infrastructure initiative. The White House released the infrastructure proposal in tandem with the budget plan on Monday.

The budget plan also asks for $23 billion in border security and immigration enforcement at what Mulvaney called “our porous southern border” — with $782 million for 2,750 additional law enforcement officers and agents at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2019, in addition to funding for the long-promised border wall.


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“Opioid-related spending” makes up nearly $17 billion in the administration’s 2019 budget, with $13 billion marked for the Department of Health and Human Services over the next two years “to combat the opioid epidemic by expanding access to prevention, treatment and recovery support services, as well as support for mental health.”

Trump’s budget last year came under fire from some in his own party for proposing drastic cuts in State Department funding, and for not suggesting a bigger spending increase for the Department of Defense.

You can read or download the 2019 Budget here.