Donald Trump was responsible for the longest government shutdown in the country’s history after not receiving the funds he wanted to build his proposed border wall. Now, it appears that Trump is about to take the country into another shutdown after releasing his budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year.
According to Slate writer, Jim Newell, Trump’s new budget proposal is a “blueprint” for yet another long government shutdown.
“The president’s request is anchored in another, more fundamental non-starter with congressional Democrats: broad cuts to non-defense spending paired with a sizable increase in defense spending,” he wrote.
Trump is looking to receive more money for defense while gutting funds from multiple domestic programs.
“The cuts would come from food stamps, health care, the Environmental Protection Agency, and education, to name just a few,” Newell wrote.
“The administration’s long-term vision would only widen the chasm. Over the course of the 10-year outlook that the White House put together, defense spending would continue to increase year after year, while non-defense spending would continue to shrink,” he added.
He explained that Trump’s idea to cut funding from programs that Democrats advocate for will ignite a backlash.
“Nancy Pelosi is speaker now, not Paul Ryan, and she will simply never call up a bill that carries even a whiff of the president’s budget proposal,” he continued.
“If Trump proclaims that he won’t sign such a deal, he’ll have cornered himself, and the country will again careen toward a government shutdown. In other words, it sounds exactly like the move that would appeal to him most,” he added.
Newell’s entire report can be read HERE.