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Trump releases 2019 budget with $3 trillion in cuts

President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE on Monday rolled out a White House budget that includes deep cuts to some federal agencies, an increase in funding for the Pentagon and $18 billion for a wall on the Mexican border.

It includes proposals to cut deficits by more than $3 trillion over a decade and lower debt levels as a percentage of the gross domestic product, but does not balance by doing away with annual deficits.

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It also includes funding for Trump's long-awaited infrastructure plan, which was put off in the president's first year in office for efforts to repeal ObamaCare and pass tax cuts. It seeks $200 billion in government funds to stimulate $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments.

Like other presidential budgets, Trump's blueprint will almost certainly not become law. But it still highlights the White House's priorities in an election year that looks to be dominated by debates about infrastructure, immigration and the nation's economic health.

Office of Management and Budget Director (OMB) Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE and Cabinet secretaries will be fanning out on Capitol Hill this week to testify on the budget and defend Trump's proposals.

Many federal agencies — including the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department — would see budget cuts compared to the fiscal 2017 enacted level. Some agencies and programs — such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the TIGER grant program for infrastructure projects and the Community Development Block Grant program — would be eliminated.  

But other areas, such as the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, would see budget increases.

The budget also proposes reforms to welfare programs and Medicare as part of the administration's effort to reduce deficits. And it calls for repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with legislation modeled after a bill from Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham: GOP can't 'move forward without President Trump' House to advance appropriations bills in June, July The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyBill CassidySunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana MORE (La.) that proposed converting funding for ObamaCare's subsidies to block grants for states.

The White House also said it plans next month to announce an agenda to overhaul the federal government. This agenda will include items such as updating information technology and updating hiring and firing processes.

The document’s release comes after Trump on Friday signed a bipartisan budget agreement to boost defense and nondefense discretionary spending caps for 2018 and 2019 by about $300 billion.

The deal has fueled criticism from conservatives worried the GOP has lost some fiscal discipline now that it controls both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. 

In an addendum to the budget, Mulvaney said the administration “strongly” supports the defense spending levels in the budget deal but is proposing to fund nondefense discretionary programs at the level that's $57 billion below the new cap.

“We believe that this level responsibly accounts for the cap deal while taking into account the current fiscal situation,” Mulvaney wrote. 

The administration requested in the addendum to provide some additional funds for items such as fighting the opioid epidemic and the National Institutes of Health and also suggested fixing budget “gimmicks” used to circumvent the spending caps.

The Trump administration did not release a “Greenbook” of revenue-related proposals, citing the implementation of the new tax law. A Greenbook was also not released last year, though they are typically part of presidential budget requests.

The budget also calls for $85.5 billion in funding for veterans’ medical care and other programs to help retired service members’ quality of life and for $17 billion in opioid-related spending for 2019.

Besides money for the wall, the administration is also seeking funding to hire new law enforcement officers and pay for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to have the highest average daily detention capacity of immigrants in the country illegally.

Republican lawmakers were positive about the budget.

“This budget lays out a thoughtful, detailed, and responsible blueprint for achieving our shared agenda," said Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only Cheney at donor retreat says Trump's actions 'a line that cannot be crossed': report MORE (R-Wis.)

But Democrats quickly blasted the document.

“The budget is a statement of our values, but the President’s brutal collection of broken promises and staggering cuts shows he does not value the future of seniors, children and working families," said House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE (D-Calif.).

Updated at 1:55 p.m.