President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal addresses some key priorities of the Republican Party, including strengthening border security, reducing the deficit and building up the military, a White House email blast revealed.
The budget calls for funding for the border wall, which has been the source of much contention by Democrats, as well as money to increase Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel and hire more immigration judges.
The growing national deficit has concerned many conservatives, especially after a bipartisan budget agreement reached last week in the Senate proposed significant increases in spending. The Trump administration plans to reduce the deficit by saving billions through deregulation and the elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy. The plan also counts on continued economic growth spurred by the GOP tax plan.
Military personnel would receive their largest pay raise since 2010 under the proposal, which would also fully fund the National Defense Strategy in keeping with Defense Secretary James Mattis’ urgent desire to bring the nation’s armed forces back up to standard.
Here are some of the detailed numbers:
- $18 billion for the border wall construction, and $782 billion for personnel increases, detention beds, and more immigration judges
- $3 trillion deficit reduction plan, which includes a reduction in mandatory spending and receipts of $1.7 trillion, and a plan to reduce non-defense discretionary spending by 2 percent per year after 2019.
- $716 billion toward national defense, and a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops.
Also included in the budget proposal:
- A $200 billion federal contribution toward the Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal.
- $17 billion in opioid-related spending, $10 billion of which would fund the Department of Health and Human Services.
- A 10-year plan to extend Medicare’s solvency by saving $237 billion with reforms to program operations, without reducing coverage or benefits.
- $80 billion in information technology and cyber funding to modernize the government.
- Civil service reforms aiming to allow the government to “hire the best and fire the worst.”