The White House's 2019 budget, released Monday, would ramp up spending on the military, a new border wall and fight the opioid epidemic while making big reductions in entitlement spending. Agencies like the departments of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Defense would see some of the biggest increases in funding, while the State, Labor and Housing and Urban Development departments would see theirs decrease. Entitlement programs frequently targeted by conservatives, like Medicare, Medicaid, and the food aid program SNAP, would also see big cuts. Before the budget was released on Monday, Trump said that it would take "care of the military like never before," and said Defense Secretary James Mattis had called him to say "wow" because they'd never expected to get so much money.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.