President Donald Trump’s second budget was unveiled on Monday – with his plan seeking to make good on his promise to bolster military spending and requesting funds for infrastructure, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and opioid treatment programs. Newslook
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year funds some of his major priorities – including a wall along the border with Mexico and a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan.
Unveiled Monday, the $4.4 trillion spending plan now heads to the GOP-controlled Congress where it’s expected to get a cool reception even from key Republican lawmakers who already rejected many of the same cuts proposed in the president’s 2018 budget plan Trump proposed last year.
In addition, Senate Democrats are likely to fight Trump’s decision not to recommend funding domestic programs as much as a recently negotiated congressional spending deal would allow. The budget proposes spending $57 billion less in domestic spending than Congress authorized just three days ago.
Here are seven takeaways from the budget:
Same old, same old
The request looks quite a bit like the fiscal 2018 budget which, by the way, wasn’t very warmly received by congressional leaders last year who endorsed spending bills that rejected many of the cuts Trump recommended. The plan also proposes deep domestic cuts to health assistance, foreign aid, and housing programs and slashes state grants for education, the environment and community redevelopment. Don’t expect many of the proposals to go very far, especially in a year when most lawmakers are up for re-election.
Privatizing the Space Station
The International Space Station as a commercial venture? The Trump administration aims to privatize the orbiting lab by 2025, redirecting billions it would save toward a lunar exploration program. The budget calls for NASA to turn over ISS operations to commercial and/or international partners after 2024. It’s an idea that’s already facing skepticism from key lawmakers including Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Sen. Ted Cruz. Congress already has directed NASA to study the feasibility of extending ISS operations to at least 2028. It costs the space agency about $3 billion a year to run the station.
About that campaign promise on entitlements…
While Trump promised during his presidential run not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, he continues to propose changes to those programs. In addition to seeking major savings in Medicaid for the second year in a row, Trump also…