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Trump budget would boost defense funding, slash domestic spending: The White House’s 2019 budget, released Monday, would ramp up spending on the military, a new border wall and fighting the opioid epidemic while making big reductions in entitlement spending.

“[F]und what we must, cut where we can, and reduce what we borrow,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said of the 2019 budget (full document here) in a statement Sunday night, likening the U.S. government’s choices to that of an American family’s. The administration’s budget evidences the priorities of the Trump administration, though it will likely amount to little more than a public wish list of Trump’s agenda.

Mulvaney, speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room, referred to executive budgets as “messaging” documents. The message this year, he said, was that Congress doesn’t “have to spend all of this money…but if you do, here is how we would prefer to see you spend it” and an optimistic riff that “we do not have to have trillion dollar deficits forever.”

But Trump’s proposal does run up the deficit, breaking with the deep-rooted conservative tradition of projecting long-term balanced budgets (or at least trying to). The 2019 budget plan does push for $3.6 trillion in savings over 10 years, while serving up cuts to departments like State, Labor, Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency while bolstering spending for Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense.

The budget boosts spending for what the plan calls a “lethal, resilient, and agile” military, while making significant cuts to domestic entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the food aid program SNAP. Public broadcasting also finds itself in the crosshairs once again, with the administration seeking to slash more than 95 percent of the funding it was allocated in 2017. Read more

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Trump budget would boost defense funding, slash domestic spending: The White House’s 2019 budget, released Monday, would ramp up spending on the military, a new border wall and fighting the opioid epidemic while making big reductions in entitlement spending.