Trump administration presents budget proposal

Oregon's Walden senators split sharply on Trump budget

Trump administration presents budget proposal

The budget proposal envisions cuts to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, a cornerstone of US global health assistance, which supports HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and counseling for millions of people worldwide.

Gage-Skidmore / FoterTrump's budget plan has already generated headlines for its cuts to social safety net programs, but the most notable thing about it may be what it doesn't cut: namely, defense spending, Social Security, or Medicare.

The Trump budget would lift the legal spending cap on defense and add $54 billion to its topline funds for 2018.

The plan cuts nearly $3.6 trillion from an array of benefit programs and domestic agencies over the coming decade.

And while the plan does call for cutting "improper payments" from the unemployment program - which the budget says could allow some states to cut unemployment payroll taxes - it could also, as we said above, require states to raise unemployment taxes.

Why it matters: Some administration officials are unhappy House GOP leadership continues to push for a policy that neither Mnuchin nor Trump will support. Ryan says "we can finally turn the page on the Obama era of bloated budgets that never balance".

Experts are also skeptical of a core assumption being factored into "Trumpenomics", as described by Mulvaney on Monday: a forecast of three percent sustained economic growth.

The government hasn't run a surplus since the late 1990s when a budget deal between Democrat Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans combined with the longest USA economic recovery in history produced four years of black ink from 1998 to 2001.

The formal budget is at best a blueprint that guides negotiations even when a popular president's own party controls Congress.

He later said that he meant people who should not be on the program.

$191 billion — How much the president proposes to save over the coming decade on food stamps.

The National Institutes of Health programs that this year will provide more than $210 million for University of California researchers would fall by about 20 percent. If you are on disability insurance and you are not supposed to be, you are not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work.

The Congressional Budget Office now estimates, however, growth at about 1.9 percent and the Federal Reserve projects the economy will expand at a 1.8 percent annual rate. Almost $3 billion would be invested in border security in fiscal year 2018 - $1.6 billion of which would be allocated to brick and mortar to build Mr. Trump's proposed southern border wall.

The Rural Utilities Service would lose billions of dollars under the proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including more than $2 billion used to keep power lines, phones and internet connectivity working in rural areas.

Though the President has asked for 10,000 new immigration officers and 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, the 2018 budget would only support bringing on 500 new Border Patrol agents and 1,000 new ICE officers. But it does call for substantial cuts to other mandatory spending, including the Social Security disability program, food stamps, as you mentioned, and Medicaid.

Critics have already pointed out that Trump's budget plan predicts near-impossible levels economic growth in order to pay for its tax cuts and increased military spending.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, says it's "basically dead on arrival". In Kentucky, one program funded by the ARC is helping retrain workers who have lost their jobs in computer training, including coal miners; other funding has gone toward creating seniors centers, community kitchens, drug rehabilitation spaces and educational programs.

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