Legislative Alert: U.S. President Proposes Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

On February 12, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a proposed budget of $4.4 trillion for federal fiscal year (FY) 2019, which begins on October 1, 2018. The president’s proposed FY 2019 budget illustrates financial support for many of the top policy priorities of the administration, such as combating illegal immigration, reducing violent crime, and improving responses to the opioid epidemic. Of interest to U.S. law enforcement officers and agencies are the budgets allotted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), as the operating budgets of these two agencies affect law enforcement agencies on the federal, state, and local levels.