Mar 11, 2019

Trump proposes record $4.75 trillion budget, with $8.6 billion for border wall

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President Trump on Monday sent a record $4.75 trillion 2020 budget proposal to Congress, in which he called for a 5% increase in military spending, a $1.9 trillion cut to safety net programs and an additional $8.6 billion for his border wall.

Why it matters: Trump's budget won't balance for 15 years, and Capitol Hill will promptly reject this budget, as it does every year with every president. But the proposal nonetheless highlights the White House's priorities for 2020.

By the numbers: Trump's budget, the largest in history, would make cuts to the following programs and departments ...

  • Agriculture Department: -14.8%
  • State Department and other international programs: -23.3%
  • Interior Department: -11%
  • Education Department: -12%
  • Justice Department: -2.3%
  • Energy Department: -10.8%
  • Labor Department: -9.7%
  • Health and Human Services: -12%
  • Transportation Department: -21.5%
  • Environmental Protection Agency: -31%
  • Social Security Administration: -3.5%
  • Medicaid: $1.5 trillion in cuts over 10 years
  • Medicare: $845 billion in cuts over 10 years

These departments and programs would receive increases in funding ...

  • Commerce Department: +0.4%
  • National Nuclear Security Administration: +8.9%
  • Department of Homeland Security: +7.4%
  • Treasury Department: +1.5%
  • Veteran Affairs: +7.5%
  • NASA: +1.4%

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 665,164 — Total deaths: 30,852 — Total recoveries: 140,225.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 124,665 — Total deaths: 2,191 — Total recoveries: 1,095.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement. Per the CDC, residents of those states must now "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days," with the exception of critical infrastructure industry workers.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters who backed Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
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Coronavirus updates: Global death toll tops 30,000

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The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 30,000 people around the world — with Italy reporting over 10,000 deaths, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. surpassed 2,000 on Saturday. The United States leads the world in confirmed coronavirus infections — more than 124,000 by early Sunday. The number of those recovered from the virus in the U.S. passed the 1,000-mark on Saturday evening.

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