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Trump proposes record spending, trillion-dollar deficit

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    President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget outline arrives on Capitol Hill at the House Budget Committee, in Washington, Monday morning March 11, 2019. Trump’s new budget calls for billions more for his border wall, with steep cuts in domestic programs but increases for military spending. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    In this March 6, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The federal budget deficit is ballooning on Trump’s watch and few in Washington seem to care. And the political dynamics that enabled bipartisan deficit-cutting deals decades ago has disappeared. That’s the reality that will greet Trump’s latest budget, which probably will promptly be shelved after it’s received by Congress on Monday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Office of Management and Budget staff delivers President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget to the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 11, 2019. Trump’s new budget calls for billions more for his border wall, with steep cuts in domestic programs but increases for military spending. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth, D-Ky., walks through the Capitol in Washington, Monday morning March 11, 2019, as President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget is delivered to his committee. Trump’s new budget calls for billions more for his border wall, with steep cuts in domestic programs but increases for military spending. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    A construction worker replaces fencing lining the north side of the border wall separating San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, March 11, 2019, seen from Tijuana. President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for the U.S-Mexico barrier while imposing steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and setting the stage for another fiscal battle. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders walks in with Acting OMB Director Russ Vought speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Acting Office of Management and Budget director Russ Vought speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Published March 12. 2019 08:04AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget on Monday, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years.

Reviving his border wall fight with Congress, Trump wants more than $8 billion for the barrier with Mexico, and he’s also asking for a big boost in military spending. That’s alongside steep cuts in health care and economic support programs for the poor that Democrats — and even some Republicans — will oppose.

Trump called his plan a bold next step for a nation experiencing “an economic miracle.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called his cuts “cruel and shortsighted ... a roadmap to a sicker, weaker America.”

Presidential budgets tend to be seen as aspirational blueprints, rarely becoming enacted policy, and Trump’s proposal for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, sets up a showdown with Congress over priorities, especially as he reignites his push for money to build the U.S-Mexico border wall.

The deficit is projected to hit $1.1 trillion in the 2020 fiscal year, the highest in a decade. The administration is counting on robust growth, including from the Republican tax cuts — which Trump wants to make permanent — to push down the red ink. Some economists, though, say the bump from the tax cuts is waning, and they project slower economic expansion in coming years. The national debt is $22 trillion.

Even with his own projections, Trump’s budget would not come into balance for a decade and a half, rather than the traditional hope of balancing in 10.

Titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First,” Trump’s proposal “embodies fiscal responsibility,” said Russ Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Despite the large projected deficits, Vought said the administration has “prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending” and shows “we can return to fiscal sanity.”

The budget calls the approach “MAGAnomics,” after the president’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

Some fiscal watchdogs, though, panned the effort as more piling on of debt by Trump with no course correction in sight.

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said Trump “relies on far too many accounting gimmicks and fantasy assumptions and puts forward far too few actual solutions.” She warned the debt load will lead to slower income growth and stalled opportunities for Americans.

Perhaps most notably among spending proposals, Trump is returning to his border wall fight. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, his 2020 plan shows he is eager to confront Congress again over the wall.

The budget proposes increasing defense spending to $750 billion — and building the new Space Force as a military branch — while reducing nondefense accounts by 5 percent, with cuts recommended to economic safety-net programs used by many Americans. The $2.7 trillion in proposed reductions over the decade is higher than any administration in history, they say.

On Capitol Hill, the budget landed without much fanfare from Trump’s GOP allies, while Democrats found plenty not to like.

“Dangerous,” not serious, a “sham,” they said. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called it an “Alice in Wonderland document.”

The plan sticks to budget caps that both parties have routinely broken in recent years. To stay within the caps, it shifts a portion of the military spending, some $165 billion, to an overseas contingency fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting gimmick.

The budget slashes $2 trillion from health care spending, while trying to collect $100 million in new fees from the electronic cigarette industry to help combat a surge in underage vaping. It provides money to fight opioid addiction and $291 million to “defeat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

It cuts the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 16 percent and Education by 10 percent, but includes $1 billion for a child care fund championed by the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser.

Trump is returning to old battles while refraining from unveiling many new initiatives. He re-opens plans for repealing “Obamacare,” imposing work requirements for those receiving government aid and slashing the Environmental Protection Agency by about a third — all ideas Congress has rejected in the past.

The budget proposes $200 billion toward infrastructure, much lower than the $1 trillion plan Trump once envisioned, but does not lay out a sweeping new plan.

By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signaling a fight ahead. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps — threatening to veto one last year — but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in the fall.

Conservatives railed for years against deficits that rose during the first years of Barack Obama’s administration as tax revenue plummeted and spending increased during the Great Recession. But even with Republican control of Congress during the first two years of the Trump administration, deficits were on a steady march upward.

The Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, said Trump added nearly $2 trillion to deficits with the GOP’s “tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, and now it appears his budget asks the American people to pay the price.”

The border wall remains a signature issue for the president, even though Congress refuses to give him more money for it.

To circumvent Congress, Trump declared a national emergency at the border last month as a way to access funding. Lawmakers are uneasy with that and set to vote in the Senate to terminate his national emergency declaration. Congress appears to have enough votes to reject Trump’s declaration but not enough to overturn a veto. The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.

There’s also money to hire more than 2,800 additional law enforcement officers, including Border Patrol agents, at a time when many Democrats are calling for cuts — or even the elimination — of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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. He used to say Mexico would pay for it, but Mexico has refused to do so.


Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Catherine Lucey, Matthew Daly, Richard Lardner, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Collin Binkley and Andrew Taylor contributed to this report.

Typical Trump! Talk Tough, can't back it up. He thinks he can file for Bankruptcy if it doesn't work. America isn't part of Trump Inc. and I don't work for you retard! Rambo is your bitch.. not me
I've not yet heard a critical comment from you, which even hinted at a solution. You must be an anti Trump person. You and the rest of the anti Trump folks need to stop, shut the flow of obstruction and hatred, and ask yourself why you hate this president so much. I'd like to sit down with you folks, find common ground, and start a civil conversation. What got me in to the arena of politics was this group called TEA (taxed enough already). Do you have any gripes with the idea of people coming together to reduce government, thus reducing taxes? Wait... are you a maker, or are you a taker?
Hello? RU there?
Please refrain from the coarse talk, it makes you appear to be just another nut job Democrat.
Not my job to offer solutions. You tout this Trump Retard as God. it's your responsibility. Thanks for flushing America down the toilet, you uneducated, indoctrinated, enemy of the Union.
The Republican Party has been riding the coat tails of the TEA Party folks, a true grassroots movement to reduce government (taxes) over reach. They used us, and now toss us to the side.
$4.7 trillion budget ? Come on people.
The tea party is a bunch of ignorant white trash. The Revolution was led by intellectuals. The modern Tea Party is nothing but people who are too stupid to come out of the rain.
Let's go to the next meeting, step in and meet some of these folks you so blindly misjudge.
It's funny how you don't even sign in with a real name. You hide behind a false name. RU for real, or are you one of those... trolls?
RUK, my my,got your self worked up today, eh? You are so wrong I don’t know where to begin to correct you. Your spelling is better than it usually is especially since you are worked up to your frail emotional limits. Now, for starters, the TEA Party members are all superior to you. If you were emotionally stable, maybe your Doctor would allow you to attend a meeting. Take your emotional support bunny rabbit along...just in case. Any TEA Party member could serve as a role model for you. You are rendered intellectually dysfunctional due to Trump Derangement Syndrome. Next, clean up your dirty act. It is beginning to look like you are impaired by the reality that Trump is President...and you are not. The man that you hate is superior to you in every way. After two plus years you would think you would catch on, but, alas not. Who is low intellect now? Who is, as you say, “too stupid to come out of the rain”, now? Ha Ha! “Not my job to offer solutions...” There is your excuse. “File for bankruptcy if it doesn’t work”... Here is your brilliance on display. We all knew you weren’t too, we reaffirm that. America is a great country. The IQ average would rise if you were to leave. Go to your favorite Communist country...please! Otherwise, shut the RUK up!
RUK MAGAnomics are on you. Smile, it is coming to you. Go join ISIS if you want. We are going to build a big long wall. We are going to make the economy even better yet. We are going to make the military even better with $750 B. We are going to support First Responders (Police, Fire, Ambulance) like never before. You can play head games with monkeys if you want. America is not sick of winning yet. You were born sick of winning. Too bad for you! You are excited to MAGA! Trump owns you!
RU still resisting?
Why RU?
RU aware that their is still no evidence of Russian Collusion with Trump to thwart Hillary Clinton's campaign?
No Kidding! In Fact... Evidence points to Obama's DOJ stand-down order on Clinton email prosecution. UC, Hillary actually was colluding with Russia, and the First Kenyan POTUS left her slide... oops!
UR aware the Christopher Steele dossier was bought and paid for by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC, right?
No Kidding! That dossier itself may have been part and parcel of a Kremlin disinformation campaign. Lock Her Up!
UR forgetting that the "dosier" was used to obtain, not one, but four (4) FISA (Federal Intelligence Surveillance) warrants. Mueller is toast too!
MAGA, RU with us?
Very nice try Mr. Meyers. Our buddy RUK doesn’t want to be bothered by facts. To him, books are something you use to prop doors open. He probably doesn’t even know there is printing on the pages! Too bad...for him! Brains are precious. RUK clean up your dirty act. Otherwise, shut the RUK up.
Let me try and smoke out Tamgrad...
The U.S. Now Has More Millionaires Than Sweden Has People
Capitalism, Making America Great Again, one millionaire at a time.
May God Bless our leadership, and may America Bless God!

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