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President Trump’s intentions are clear, and if his recent
willingness to shut down the federal government is any indication,
there are plenty of fights ahead.] [https://portside.org/] 

 TRUMP'S FY2020 BUDGET REQUEST BLOATS MILITARIZED SPENDING—AND
SLASHES ACTUAL HUMAN NEEDS   [https://portside.org/node/19592] 

 

 Lindsay Koshgarian , Ashik Siddique 
 March 11, 2019
National Priorities Project
[https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2019/03/11/trumps-fy2020-budget-request/]


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 _ Of course, presidential budgets rarely come to pass. But President
Trump’s intentions are clear, and if his recent willingness to shut
down the federal government is any indication, there are plenty of
fights ahead. _ 

 , OMB, National Priorities Project 

 

At long last, President Trump released his third presidential budget
request today, after a month-long delay
[https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2019/02/04/trump-budget-delayed-shutdown/] due
to the government shutdown. And it’s a doozy.

President Trump’s priorities for FY 2020 go even further than last
year’s request
[https://www.nationalpriorities.org/analysis/2018/trumps-fy2019-budget-request-has-massive-cuts-nearly-everything-military/] in
bloating the already enormous military budget, requesting $750 billion
for the military —an increase of 5 percent, or $34 billion, from the
2019 enacted budget.

That would put 57 percent of the $1.3 trillion discretionary budget
into the Pentagon and nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, total funding for
all other agencies, from the Department of Education to Veterans
Affairs and NASA, is only $543 billion, down from $597 billion
budgeted in 2019 - a nine percent decrease.

The budget pretends to be fiscally responsible, but it relies to an
unprecedented degree on one of the biggest budget gimmicks of the 21st
century, a Pentagon slush fund known as the Overseas Contingency
Operations. This account was first established to pay for wars in
2001, but has become a genie in a bottle for the fulfillment of any
Pentagon wish that doesn’t fit in the regular budget.
Administrations can claim to keep Pentagon spending under control, and
stuff the extra into the slush fund. The Trump budget takes full
advantage, more than doubling funding for this Pentagon slush fund, to
$165 billion, up from $81 billion enacted last year.

An additional $9 billion in the military budget is listed under
“emergency requirements
[https://www.defensenews.com/smr/federal-budget/2019/03/09/fy20-budget-details-9-billion-in-emergency-funds-cuts-for-europe/],”
which may provide funds to build the border wall
[https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2019/02/14/tell-congress-use-their-power-no-national-emergency-border/] that
President Trump is showing no signs of dropping as a political
football. Reports from administration sources indicate that the
president’s budget includes $8.6 billion
[https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/10/business/economy/trump-budget-wall.html] to
fund construction of a border wall, in addition to $3.6 billion to
repay military construction funds he has attempted to seize to
construct a wall.

The top-line budget numbers released today in the president’s “A
Budget for a Better America
[https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf]”
document provide a broad outline of the President’s priorities —
more specific numbers are expected to be released next week.

But the document lays out some of the incredibly out-of-touch,
militaristic items flagged for national security
[https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FY20-Fact-Sheet_National-Security_FINAL.pdf] funding
increases, like the “United States Space Force (USSF)” proposed as
a sixth branch of the Armed Forces. And the budget touts the ramp-up
of nuclear funds to begin a planned $1 trillion-plus renewed
commitment to U.S. nuclear weapons capacity
[https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/spending-less-on-nuclear-weapons-could-actually-make-us-safer/2017/11/16/396ef0c6-ca56-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.316a0c91c62b].
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the Dept. of
Energy gets an 8.9 percent boost to $16.5 billion for even
more nuclear weapons proliferation
[https://www.taxpayer.net/national-security/national-nuclear-security-administration-nnsa/].

On border security
[https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FY20-Fact-Sheet_Immigration-Border-Security_FINAL.pdf],
the FY 2020 budget proposes to increase funding for Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) to $18.2 billion, and Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) to $8.8 billion — up 19 percent from FY 2019.

While pumping up all these facets of the militarized budget
[https://www.nationalpriorities.org/analysis/2017/militarized-budget-2017/],
Trump’s budget is proposing a 23.3 percent cut to the State
Department, America’s major means of preventing military conflict
through diplomacy, bringing it down to $42.8 billion.

This is all while proposing massive cuts to agencies that actually
meet human needs, like the Department of Education (down 12 percent to
$62 billion), Housing and Urban Development (down 16.4 percent to
$44.1 billion), Department of Transportation (down 21.5 percent to
$21.4 billion), and the Department of Labor (down 9.7 percent to $10.9
billion).

Among the hardest hit are the Environmental Protection Agency, brought
down 31 percent to $6.1 billion, and the non-nuke portion of the
Department of Energy, down 25.4 percent to $15.2 billion. So much for
dealing with the actual existential threat of climate change
[https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2019/01/30/demilitarize-budget-fight-climate-change/]!

Of course, presidential budgets rarely come to pass. But President
Trump’s intentions are clear, and if his recent willingness to shut
down the federal government
[https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2019/01/12/longest-shutdown-ever/] is
any indication, there are plenty of fights ahead.

_Lindsay Koshgarian is Program Director at the National Priorities
Project.  Her work and commentary on the federal budget and military
spending has appeared on NPR, the BBC, CNN, The Nation, U.S. News and
World Report, and others. At NPP, her work is at the intersection of
military and domestic federal spending. She got her start as a clinic
worker and organizer at Planned Parenthood in central and suburban
Philadelphia, and led economic development and affordable housing
studies at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute prior to
joining NPP in 2014. She holds an MPP from UCLA and a B.A. in Physics
from the University of Pennsylvania._

_Ashik Siddique is a research analyst for the National Priorities
Project, working on analysis of the federal budget and military
spending. He is particularly interested in examining how militarized
U.S. domestic and foreign policy interacts with efforts to address
long-term societal threats like accelerating inequality and climate
change._

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research organization in the nation fighting for a federal budget that
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