Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Budget Director Russell Vought Hold Press Conference…

Earlier this afternoon White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Acting OMB  Director Russell Vought held a press conference to brief reporters on the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget and answer questions on current political events:

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[White House] FURTHERING OUR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: President Donald J. Trump’s budget request will continue our economic resurgence while furthering his vision to reduce spending and invest in America.

  • The Trump Administration’s pro-growth policies have unleashed the American economy, creating millions of jobs and resulting in historically low unemployment.
  • However, the national debt – currently more than $22 trillion – remains a grave threat to our economic and societal prosperity.
  • This budget will address the national debt crisis while still investing in critical American priorities that will allow America to further excel in the future.

RESPONSIBLE BUDGETING: President Trump’s budget request promotes responsible Government spending by prioritizing effective programs and cutting waste.

  • The budget reduces nondefense programmatic spending by 5 percent below the 2019 cap level.
  • Proposes policies to shrink or eliminate Federal programs that fail to deliver desired outcomes for the American people.
  • Reduces spending by $2.7 trillion over 10 years, shrinking the deficit from nearly 5 percent of GDP in 2020 to under 1 percent of GDP in 2029.
    • Puts the Federal budget on a path to balance within 15 years.
  • Sticks to the current discretionary spending caps while also providing additional defense resources through investments in Overseas Contingency Operations and emergency funding.
    • Allows us to fund our national security needs while avoiding a costly “cap deal,” which would increase defense and nondefense spending.

INVESTMENT IN AMERICA: President Trump’s budget request reflects his commitment to defending our Nation, ending the opioid epidemic, and building a strong American workforce.

  • $32.5 billion for border security and immigration enforcement activities to help manage the immigration crisis on the United States southern border, including:
    • $8.6 billion for the border wall, funded by Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
    • $478 million to hire 1,750 additional Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) law enforcement officers.
    • $2.7 billion in funding for 54,000 ICE immigration detention beds.
  • $750 billion for national defense – including $718 billion for DOD to pursue the National Defense Strategy.
    • Priorities include: strategic competition with Russia and China, countering rogue regimes such as North Korea and Iran, defeating terrorist threats, and consolidating gains in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • $80.2 billion to fund Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care requirements in 2020.
    • Fully supports implementation of the historic VA MISSION Act to provide veterans greater choice on where they receive their healthcare, including at a private provider.
  • $330 million for the Department of Justice to aid State and local efforts to fight the opioid crisis.
  • The budget promotes quality education and job training, holds higher education institutions more accountable, and expands Pell Grants to high-quality short-term training programs.

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38 Responses to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Budget Director Russell Vought Hold Press Conference…

    • andyocoregon says:

      Make America Great Again!

      ….President Trump

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    • Sue Fowler says:

      And how will the chambers deliver?
      Will this be another pork barreling event as have been the last 2 spending bills Trump signed? Pie in the sky.

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      • SmurfetteX says:

        I tend to agree looking at the bipartisan nature of the military congressional industrial complex favoring excess war spending on both sides. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff explores how detrimental are the middle-east wars to America – not only on exorbitant tax payer cost but also in creating enemies towards the country.

        He said General Petraeus opposed further spending during the Obama years and was promptly subjected to the ritual head bashing for suggesting favouritism caused hate towards the US.

        Very powerful speech especially towards the conclusion.

        Maybe we should revisit whether Iranians hate Jews or do they oppose a state intent on extending their land grab…per the geography shown on a coin in Tel Aviv as reported by dissenting former local soldiers.

        Maybe the money won’t get spent but we need to raise awareness so that it is SAFE for Potus to decline when the time comes.

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  1. L4grasshopper says:

    Presidential budgets are always ignored.

    If I were President, I would not propose one that included $$$ specified in it. Instead, I would assign %’s of expected revenues to major line items like Defense, Social Security, etc., as a way to highlight what I thought deserved funding, and what I thought deserved less funding.

    As an example of how useless and insignificant these budget resolutions are: Harry Reid’s Senate voted against Obama’s budget 97-0 [FY11]; 99-0 [FY12]; and 98-1 [FY15] on the 3 occasions he even bother to allow a vote.

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    • carterzest says:

      I thought oBama NEVER had a budget?

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      • dd_sc says:

        By law, the President has to submit a budget around February every year for the upcoming fiscal year; Obama did it every year. Trump’s budget is being submitted in March because of the shutdown.

        Although Constitutionally required, Congress never wrote a budget after the Republicans took the House in 2010. Senator Max Baucus wrote the budget and passed it out of committee, but Sen. Reid never brought it up for a vote. As usual, McConnell just sat on his hands. Reid abused the budget law (1974/1975) passed in the wake of Watergate to then declare an impasse so that a continuing resolution was sent to Obama.

        If you want to see a whole lot of Uniparty splodey heads, repeal that budget law and return to the old way of requiring separate bills.

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        • Austin Holdout says:

          Like with almost all progress on every issue, only the Uniparty could repeal and force themselves to do their jobs again.

          Where the budget said it would cut costs by eliminating federal agencies that were not performing as desired by the American people, I thought “like Congress?”

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  2. booger71 says:

    “Pell Grants to high-quality short-term training programs.”

    Like Truck driving schools, welding schools, HVAC schools, many more to choose from.

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  3. paulraven1 says:

    The press briefing — a 20th century model of communication, outdated and increasingly pathetic in the brave new world with its ravenous radical acolytes devouring our society. We need to change the model and the message, fast. I thought Trump would be bold and innovative on this front.

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    • Publius2016 says:

      45 makes highlights all the time…the voters will know…theyre just not paying attention…everytime America First! wins…

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    • H.R. says:

      paulraven1, President Trump has been innovative and shaken things up with his “on the way to the helicopter” pressers. There’s been nothing close to those impromptu pressers by other Presidents that I can recall.

      Meanwhile, the “Press Griefing” circus is allowed to continue simply because everybody likes to watch the monkeys at the zoo. (My apologies to monkeys in zoos everywhere. I’m not intentionally trying to besmirch or disparage you.)

      I think Sarah has the WH Press Corpse trained almost to the point where she’ll allow them to attempt to reproduce one of Shakespeare’s works on their typewriters.

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  4. JG3 says:

    Both did an outstanding/professional job for the President and us. Contrast was clear!

    The pack seemed down, today…never seen them with such long faces. Anyone else notice?

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  5. andyocoregon says:

    Sounds as though Abilio Acosta is beginning to get out of line once again. Maybe he’d better reread that White House Press Corp memo on the rules.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Pa Hermit says:

    Wow, 54,000 detention beds! If my company that I work for, that does foam mattresses (CRF), gets parts of it, we’re in for overtime out the wazoo!

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  7. Sentient says:

    We need a bigger budget for microwave ray guns on the southern border.

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  8. piper567 says:

    Getting Programs under control which either are dysfunctional or outdated is already described by my newsfeed as, The President looking to cut Programs for the poor, elderly, and needy.
    amazing.
    these vermin are truly disgusting.

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Do fret too much over the propaganda by the democrats as the Republican party did the same thing to the two balanced budget proposals made by the President for FY2017 and FY2018. They did not even need the media’s nor democrat party’s help to dismiss both budget proposals as great ideas but NOT politically acceptable. No doubt the Republicans will not support this budget proposals either. Just as the previous budget proposals, the “cuts” are program consolidations and elimination of programs that are not working, yet there is no reduction in social welfare coverage.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      I remember that back in the Grace Commission days, there were over 400 federal “job training programs”, which produced very few real jobs, and cost an average of $1M for each $6/hour job produced. HUGE boond9ggle, really horrifying. Not been muc improvement since then .

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    • angellestaria6674 says:

      Yep, PDT’s gonna throw momma off the train. 😉

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  9. WRB says:

    What’s with the “Yes or No!” questions. It would have been interesting if Sarah had turned the tables:

    “Hallee, yes or no, will you stop being a political hack pretending to be a reporter? Yes or No!”

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  10. thedoc00 says:

    Do not fret too much over the propaganda by the democrats as the Republican party did the same thing to the two balanced budget proposals made by the President for FY2017 and FY2018. They did not even need the media’s nor democrat party’s help to dismiss both budget proposals as great ideas but NOT politically acceptable. No doubt the Republicans will not support this budget proposals either. Just as the previous budget proposals, the “cuts” are program consolidations and elimination of programs that are not working, yet there is no reduction in social welfare coverage.

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  11. lepanto says:

    Scott Adams at Real Coffee with Scott Adams, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG2-bcfyfR4&t=2s, has been giving a very good analysis of the “fine people hoax” that was mentioned at 28:25 in the video above.

    The President clearly said that there are “fine people” on both sides of the matter of the statue in Charlottesville, not that the neo-Nazis are fine people. The media continues to misrepresent his words.

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  12. NC Patriot says:

    Right—the “fine people” on the right were the ordinary citizens who were there to protest the removal of the historic statues !

    Liked by 2 people

  13. sunnyflower5 says:

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  14. datagooroo says:

    Does any one know what this means: “programmatic spending by 5 percent below the 2019 cap level.” Is that saying, for example, in 2019, “program A” got $100, in 2020 it will get $95?

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  15. G S says:

    MAGA = Make Acosta Go Away.

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  16. Sarah does a GREAT job except when it comes to Acosta. The second she lets him talk over her, ask un-allowed follow-up questions and starts a dialogue with her and at her……he wins. He becomes the story. SAD

    Except when dealing with that POS Acosta, I think she does a fantastic job.

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  17. Lindenlee says:

    I was impressed with the composure and smarts of the new OMB guy Vought. He ws very well prepared, and gave informative, but firm, answers to the press .Nobody seemed to express displeasure 2ith him. He is a good successor to Mulvaney. Solid Christian, too.

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