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Trump proposes a record $4.75 trillion budget

pWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sent Congress on Monday a record $4.75 trillion budget request that proposes an increase in military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year./ppTrump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent increase in military spending — which is more than the Pentagon had asked for — and an additional $8.6 billion for construction of a border wall with Mexico. And it contains what White House officials called a total of $1.9 trillion in cost savings from mandatory safety net programs, like Medicaid and Medicare./ppThe budget is unlikely to have much impact on actual spending levels, which are controlled by Congress. Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate pronounced the budget dead on arrival on Sunday, and Trump’s budgets largely failed to gain traction in previous years, when fellow Republicans controlled both chambers./ppBut the blueprint is a declaration of Trump’s re-election campaign priorities and the starting skirmish in the race for 2020, as both Republicans and Democrats try to carve out their messages to appeal to voters. The president’s fiscal plan quickly antagonized Democrats while making clear the contours of how he …read more

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