Trump's 2020 budget proposal: 5 healthcare takeaways

Erika Holt
March 14, 2019

President Donald Trump in his 2020 budget on Monday called for overhauling social programs that help poor and elderly Americans, while boosting military spending and funding a U.S. -Mexico border wall, in the opening gambits in his next funding fight with the U.S. Congress. Leading Democrats immediately rejected the plan, signaling another bruising fight just weeks after a standoff that led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in US history.

The remainder is for the construction of the wall that Trump has pledged to build on the border with Mexico - a country he repeatedly promised would pay for the barrier itself.

Cyberdefence sees its budget increase by 10 per cent to Dollars 9.6 billion.

Trump on Monday called his plan a bold next step for a nation experiencing "an economic miracle".

"Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

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

The Republican president's $4.7 trillion budget was immediately panned by Democrats in Congress, who rejected his push previous year for wall funding in a standoff that led to a five-week partial shutdown of the federal government.

Trump's budget "proposes that USDA responsibly and efficiently use taxpayer resources by making targeted reforms to duplicative programs and overly generous subsidy programs", according to the document. Some economists, though, say the bump from the tax cuts is waning, and they project slower economic expansion in coming years. The deficit ran to $900 billion in 2019 and the national debt has ballooned to $22 trillion.

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What the budget proposal lacks s a projected balanced budget in ten years. "House Democrats will reject this toxic, destructive budget request which would hollow out our national strength and fail to meet the needs of the American people". Newell explained, that most people in Washington are aware of how budget proposal work but explained that the president might lack the knowledge.

"The administration's long-term vision would only widen the chasm". It's a risky wager, laid down by the president himself, that he can overcome weakness with moderate and independent voters by turning out even more loyalists in 2020 than he did in 2016.

Like past presidential budget proposals, Trump's plan was highly unlikely to become law. She warned the debt load will lead to slower income growth and stalled opportunities for Americans.

The AAAS further calculates that the Department of Energy's office of science - which is the largest federal funder of basic research in the physical sciences - would face a 16.5% decrease to $5.5 billion under Trump's 2020 proposal, and the Environmental Protection Agency's science and technology office is slated for a $243 million cut, which translates to a drop of 34.5%. At the end of 2018, a fight in Congress over funding the border wall resulted in the longest government shutdown in USA history.

Trump's budget plan increases spending on his border wall and the military but is light on fresh ideas heading into his re-election campaign. The new budget projects saving $327 billion in spending over the next decade as many who now receive assistance would be disqualified under the new guidelines. They have little to no say in the courses they take. That's offset with a total of $1.9 trillion in cost savings from mandatory safety net programs, like Medicare, breaking a repeated promise by the President not to cut those services.

The budget also includes additional funding for fighting the opioid epidemic.

Numerous administration's biggest asks for school choice - including doubling the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program and creating a $5 billion federal tax credit proposal - are part of other departments' budgets.

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