Press Briefing by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Previewing the President's FY18 Budget you have an "America First" candidate, you have an "America First" budget.
Knowing what you know about the President, you could imagine what that budget would look like before you even see it, which,
BigNews.Biz - Mar 16,2017 - Press Briefing by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Previewing the President's FY18 Budget
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
11:27 A.M. EDT
MR. CZWARTACKI: Good morning. This is Director Mulvaney’s review of the 2018 budget blueprint. I want to reiterate again that this is on background -- this is embargoed. His remarks are on the record, but embargoed until 12:01 tomorrow, or in other words, tonight. 12:01 a.m. is -- until the embargo is holding. And with that, Director Mulvaney will come up. He will be on the record, and have a few words. Thank you.
DIRECTOR MULVANEY: Thanks, John. And I apologize, I’m going to try and speak a little bit more loudly than I ordinarily do. They tell me there’s folks on the phone who can’t hear. So if you hear me projecting a little more than normal, that’s for the benefit of the folks who aren’t here.
Thanks for coming. I apologize for being a few minutes late. The simple message is fairly straightforward. You’ve heard from me before, so I’ll make a very brief comment, and then we’ll take your questions, which is: This is the "America First" budget. In fact, we wrote it using the President’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers. So you have an "America First" candidate, you have an "America First" budget.
Knowing what you know about the President, you could imagine what that budget would look like before you even see it, which is that there will be more money on defense -- $54 billion. We could talk about more of that in a second. There’s more money for enforcing security at the border. There’s more money for enforcing laws on the books just generally. Then there’s more money for things like private and public school choice.
Conversely, since the President wanted to do that without adding to the already-projected $488 billion deficit in fiscal year 2018, there were reductions elsewhere to offset dollar for dollar, all of those increases. So we say, plus-up the defense topline number by $54 billion. You will, in other parts of the budget, find a corresponding $54 billion’s worth of reductions. So the President accomplishes his priorities without adding to the deficit. That’s not to say the balance of the budget is balanced next year. It doesn’t. We’ve simply not added to the deficit in order to accomplish these policies.
As a result, you’ll see reductions exactly where you would expect it from a President who just ran on an "America First" campaign. You’ll see reductions in the State Department. We’ll talk more about that in a second. You’ll see reductions in the EPA. In fact, you'll see reductions in many agencies as he tries to shrink the role of government, drive efficiencies, go after waste, duplicative programs, those types of things. If