Unfortunately, the budget deficit - and a national debt that has grown more than $2 trillion under Trump - has faded nearly totally as a political issue. The Trump budget takes full advantage, more than doubling funding for this Pentagon slush fund, to $165 billion, up from $81 billion enacted previous year.
Still, Trump contended the nation is experiencing "an economic miracle".
The request is just a part of the president's 2020 budget blueprint, which he's expected to present to lawmakers on Monday.
Presidential budgets are rarely enacted, but Trump's sets up a new confrontation with Congress.
According to The Daily Caller, Trump's request includes $5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and $3.6 billion for the Defense Department's military construction budget to build more sections of the wall.
The budget imposes work requirements for those receiving food stamps and other government aid as part of the cutbacks. "We believe that the corporate tax cuts are very, very important to our economic growth numbers".
Trump's budget would re-open two health care battles he lost in his first year in office: repealing "Obamacare" and limiting future federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people.
The budget proposal calls for a 23 per cent decrease for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The administration predicts that the United States will return to budget balance in 2034. He proposes boosting defense dollars but shifting some of it to a contingency account that doesn't count toward budget caps.
Conservatives railed for years against deficits that rose during the first years of Obama's administration as tax revenue plummeted and spending increased during the Great Recession.
In each of the last two financial years, the US Congress had only granted roughly one-sixth of Trump's current demand.
Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, saidthe proposal is "not even worth the paper it's written on".
Trump is signaling that he wants a fight.
The budget calls for an outlay of $750 billion to overall defense spending-$718 billion of which will go to the Defense Department alone. It proposes $2.7 trillion in budget cuts over the next 10 years, which is still not enough to close the Trump-sized hole the tax cuts have created. It would also increase military spending by 5 per cent to $USD750 billion, up from $USD716 billion.
The president is also requesting a ten percent increase in spending for armed forces veterans. In 2020, that would involve a new effort to "learn from every child with cancer"-an apparent reference to a big data sharing project discussed by National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless that has gotten a mixed response from pediatric cancer researchers and advocates".
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.
Acting administration budget chief Russell Vought will defend Trump's plan before the House Budget Committee on Tuesday.
In an interview with the Fox News Sunday show, Kudlow said, "It will be a tough budget".
The White House predicts rising deficits beyond the standard 10-year time horizon for federal budgeting, but claims the budget will balance in 15 years, assuming optimistic growth.
Which leads to a weird realization about this budget ask: Sure, it asks for plenty of wall money, but by and large it's a vanilla proposal that wouldn't be out of place in any other deficit-ignoring GOP administration.
"Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government".
"President Trump added almost $2 trillion to our deficits with tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, and now it appears his budget asks the American people to pay the price", said John Yarmuth, Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, who added: "It has no chance in the House".
The budget contains a number of controversial provisions, most conspicuous of which is a request for $8.6 billion in funding for construction of Trump's border wall. Trump's budget relies on "gimmicks" to keep the debt rising by "only" that much, experts across the political spectrum say.