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. https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/433911-the-tragedy-of-mick-mulvaney-and-the-war-budget
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THE TRAGEDY OF MICK MULVANEY AND THE WAR BUDGET
This week the Trump administration released its budget request for the 2020 fiscal year, which includes a total of $750 billion for national defense, nearly 5 percent higher than the current level of funding. But that total is $174 billion higher than the Budget Control Act (BCA) budget caps for defense for FY 2020, which are currently set at $576 billion for the year. Every year since the BCA was enacted, Congress has increased the defense and non-defense budget caps to allow for higher spending on both sides of the budget. That is how deals have been made in the past, including the most recent budget deal President Trump signed into law in February 2018. But instead of asking Congress to increase the budget caps again, this budget proposes something different. The Trump administration is not requesting that Congress raise the budget caps at all, either for defense or non-defense. TODD HARRISON READ MORE