White House to unveil budget, infrastructure proposals

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. The president will call for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure initiative that matches up to $100 billion provided by states and cities. Credit Edmund D. Fountain for The New York Times

The White House on Monday is releasing its 2019 budget proposal, in which President Trump renews calls for deep cuts to non-defense spending. The budget will call for “an aggressive set of spending reforms” to slash the federal deficit by $3 trillion over a decade, out of a shortfall currently estimated at $10 trillion. Trump also will seek a big boost in funding for the Pentagon to make sure the U.S. has a “ready, larger, and more lethal military.” The White House also will unveil an infrastructure plan that proposes to leverage $200 billion in federal spending into $1.5 trillion worth of infrastructure projects, mostly by asking state and local governments to match the funds by as much as a 4-to-1 ratio. Both proposals face long odds in Congress.

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