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What the White House 2019 Budget Proposals Tell Us About Future Labor and Employment Policy Reforms

February 20, 2018

Harold P. Coxson Harold P. Coxson
On February 12, 2018, the White House released its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget plan and sent it to Capitol Hill just a week after signing a two-year budget deal lifting the spending caps for 2018 and reopening the federal government, which had been temporarily shut down. For that reason, the budget cuts in the FY 2019 proposal have little chance of enactment by Congress which is loath to give back money already approved. So, while the proposed 2019 cuts are needed to fund higher spending for the military, as well as to fund the construction of a border wall and infrastructure repairs—and the administration now has more money to spend—there were few surprises in the FY 2019 budget plan for cutting the budgets of federal labor and employment agencies. Every labor and employment agency was cut, but not as drastically as expected.