The budget for 2019 of $ 4.4 trillion released Monday by President Donald Trump reflects the desire of the government of President Donald Trump to focus on “America first” (America first,) and outdoor curb spending as evidenced by the drastic cut of 32% in the highest organ of US diplomacy. But in addition, the new accounts call for cuts in national programs such as Medicare and spending abroad while seeking a sharp increase in military spending and funding a wall on the border with Mexico.
The budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which was presented today and still to be submitted for approval by Congress , contemplates a cut of 17,831 million dollars in funds for the State Department, which goes from having 55,632 million in 2017 to only 37,801 in the proposal for 2019.
The cut in Exteriors contrasts with the increase in funds allocated to the Department of Defense
This cut contrasts with the increase of funds destined to the Department of Defense, which has already received the approval of the Senate for a game of 716,000 million dollars for the 2019 budget.
Although tax revenues will plummet by 3.7 trillion dollars over the next decade relative to last year’s “base” estimates, as projected by the plan presented today, Trump is requesting a record of 686 billion for the Pentagon. , a record increase of 13% compared to last year’s budget.
In comments Monday, Trump focused on increasing spending that he favors instead of the deficits he and other Republicans have pledged to reduce. “We’re going to have the strongest army we’ve had, by far,” Trump said. “In this budget we deal with the military as never before had been taken into account.”
“The budget reflects that we are against adversaries and political, economic and military competitors that have led us to adjust our national security strategy,” Trump said in the preface to the White House budget proposal.
Trump’s budget announces an era of federal deficits of a trillion dollars
Trump’s budget announces an era of federal deficits of a trillion dollars and, unlike the plan he launched last year, never promises a balanced balance even after 10 years. On the contrary, Trump’s accounts would continue adding 7 trillion in the next decade. Growing deficits reflect, in large part, the impact of the tax cut approved last year, which is expected to cause federal tax revenues to plummet.
In relation to the foreign portfolio, it is especially significant the cut in the US contribution to international organizations, which would go from 3.266 million dollars in 2017 to 2.191 million in the next fiscal year.
The contribution of the USA the general budget of the United Nations would be 442,946 million dollars in 2019 compared to 593,267 million approved in 2017. This cut would reach 293 million dollars for the set of agencies and instruments linked to the UN.
Also the funds allocated to peace operations would be significantly reduced
Also, the amount of funds earmarked for peace operations would be significantly reduced, going from 1,907 million dollars in 2017 to just 1,196 million dollars in the new proposal.
Despite seeing this item cut, Secretary of the Department of State, Rex Tillerson, said in the preface of the budget proposal of his ministry that the “selective investments” in this matter will allow the United States and its partners “advance common interests and promote global peace. “
“These investments allow the United States to maintain its position as a global leader, at the same time that other nations make a greater proportionate effort in their contributions for common objectives,” Tillerson said.
In this regard, it should be noted that NATO will benefit from an increase in the US contribution, going from receiving 53.504 million dollars in 2017 to 70.177 million in the next budget.
The Pentagon’s own chief, James Mattis, who is in Europe these days, where he plans to participate in the NATO Defense ministerial meeting to be held this week in Brussels, asked last week for a greater contribution from the countries involved in the war against terrorism.
In this regard, the State Department explained through a communiqué that this item decreases with the “expectation” that other member countries of international organizations “will face their fair contribution”.
Assistance for migration and refugees will also be reduced in the new budget
Also in the column of cuts is the World Health Organization (WHO), which suffers a considerable reduction close to 50%, which would go from receiving 111.402 million dollars in 2017 to 58.176 million in 2019.
Assistance for migration and refugees will also be reduced in the new budget, going from 3,366 million dollars in 2017 to 2,800 million in 2019.
“The budget contemplates the necessary resources to progress in aspects of peace and security and respond to global crises, while prioritizing the efficient use of taxpayer resources,” Tillerson said in a statement.
The proposal also calls for a review of Medicare and Medicaid, two government-funded health programs that are very popular. Trump committed himself in the electoral campaign to leave them intact, but the budget plan argues that they can become more efficient without harming the recipients.
These cuts to critical federal investments are so extreme that they can only reflect a disdain for working families. “
John Yarmuth Democrat on the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives
The proposed cuts provoked a reprimand from the chief Democrat on the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, John Yarmuth. “These cuts to critical federal investments are so extreme that they can only reflect a disdain for working families and a total lack of vision for a stronger society,” he said in a statement.
The budget foresees annual growth of gross domestic product of at least 3 percent over the next three years, an aggressive target that is crucial to help cover the cost of the $ 1.5 trillion tax cuts approved by Congress controlled by the Republicans in December.
Still, given the growing federal debt as a result of the tax bill and the two-year budget agreement, Trump’s proposal notably abandons the goal of eliminating the federal budget deficit after 10 years, a long-standing goal of fiscal conservatives. .
As for Environment, Trump accounts repeated the bump last year to the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States. Thus, the White House proposes to reduce the agency’s spending by about a quarter of recent levels to 6.15 billion dollars, while discarding a series of programs that it says have ceased to be useful. Up to $ 598.5 million in programs and activities of the environmental agency (EPA for its acronym in English) would be eliminated under the budget request of the Trump administration.