Trump budget priorities include infrastructure, border security

President Donald Trump is slated to release his 2019 budget proposal on Monday, with infrastructure and border security among the administration’s top spending priorities.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, unveiled an outline of the president’s budget agenda on Sunday night, saying in a statement the budget will “fund what we must” and “cut where we can.”

Trump’s budget proposal includes $23 billion to fund the president’s proposed southern border wall and other border security initiatives, including $782 million to hire an additional 2,750 border patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

The president’s immigration enforcement budget also includes $2.7 billion “to pay for an average daily detention capacity of 52,000” immigrants living in the United States illegally.

The proposal also calls for $17 billion to combat the nation’s opioid drug epidemic, and $85.5 billion aimed at veterans health programs.

Mulvaney, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said the president’s budget road map will set spending caps across several federal agencies, but also will restore money to the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency that administration officials originally set out to cut.

“There’re no spending floors. So you don’t have to spend all that,” Mulvaney said. “So we are going to show how you can run the government without spending all of that.”

The president’s budget wish list comes days after Congress approved a two-year, $400 billion spending plan, which is expected to push the budget deficit above $1 trillion.

Mulvaney told Fox the president’s budget would seek to “bend the trajectory down” to move toward a balanced budget.

“Just because this deal was signed does not mean the future is written in stone,” Mulvaney said of the deal passed by Congress early Friday. “We do have a chance still to change the trajectory. And that is what the budget will show tomorrow.”

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