Trump Releases His 2020 Budget Proposal 📊
Military spending up – social program spending down
Yesterday, the Trump Administration sent Congress a 2020 budget plan (titled "A Budget for a Better America. Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.") that proposes a record $4.75 trillion in annual government spending. The plan includes a 5% increase in military spending, $8.6bn for a border wall, and reductions to social programs including food stamps, Medicare, and housing assistance.
Dems called it ‘dead on arrival’
The president doesn’t set the budget – Congress is responsible for appropriating money – so Trump’s proposal is mostly a political statement. Sen. Leahy (D-VT) called the budget “dead on arrival and divorced from reality” – so it’s fair to say the Dems don’t love the plan and will negotiate for a budget that is very different.
Washington Post (opinion): Trump’s budget is heartless and whackadoodle
The left sees Trump’s budget plan as unrealistic, bad for the poor, and a dereliction of fiscal responsibility. Articles from the left focus on what they see as Trump going against his word: he is not protecting healthcare or social programs and he is not paying off the national debt (as he claimed he would during the campaign).
The right is pleased with the president’s budget plan. Articles from the right underline the importance of balancing the budget (Trump’s plan would balance the budget by 2034) and applaud the president for tackling the national debt. Most articles acknowledge that Trump’s plan will almost certainly not match the actual budget Congress passes.
Will the 2020 budget look like Trump’s plan?
With the Democrats in control of the House, probably not. But, the Trump budget plan does give us a view into the political battles to come, leading up to 2020. If Trump’s political tactics match his budget, in 2020 he’ll double down on the wall and immigration, tout the strength of the U.S. military, and position himself as the candidate who will bring economic strength.
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