Russ Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget,Â said President Trump plans to propose a fiscal 2020 budget to fund defense and national security priorities without raising the spending caps. Vought wrote in a commentary posted Monday forÂ RealClearPolitics that theÂ proposed budget will designate additional defense resources as overseas contingency operations funds, which are not subject to the budget caps.
He noted that fiscal conservatives might not be in favor of expandingÂ the use of OCO funds to prevent raising the budget caps but such a measure âremains the administrationâs only fiscally responsible option in meeting national security needs while avoiding yet another increase to the spending caps.
The presidentâs 2020 budget will meet the target of a 5 percent reduction to non-defense discretionary spending, by means of one of the largest spending reductions in history,â Vought wrote. âWithin these constrained levels, agencies will still be able to provide investments in key national priorities.â
Vought said President Trump will submitÂ his fiscal 2020 budget requestÂ to Congress in the coming weeks.