Another view: The Trump administration's budget misses the mark

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"The problems states have and local leaders have with funding the infrastructure is horrendous", said President Trump.

"Devolving the federal government's funding responsibility to cash-strapped states and municipalities will leave too many projects and jobs behind", said Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. He said the White House hasn't yet budgeted for the parade and would either rely on Congress to appropriate funds, or use money that already has been approved. The fiscal 2019 deficit is projected to near $1 trillion, including deficit-financed tax cuts and two-year spending caps that Congress passed just last week.

The Trump budget calls for major cuts to domestic programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

Budgets issued by White House administrations are typically not implemented as is. The deficit will be equal to 101 percent of America's GDP, the Watchdog Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget forecasts.

Speaking on the Senate floor, he said it would be best for Congress to hash out spending levels on their own and "ignore" the president.

"If Americans want a picture of who President Trump works for, the combination of the tax bill and this budget makes it crystal clear".

Republican Congressman Ed Royce, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, while welcoming some reforms in overseas development finance, protested against the proposed cuts to the State Department budget.

Trump also tweeted on his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. The spending totals $4.4 trillion and would add $7 trillion to deficits over a decade. He was also pleased with a $50 billion provision for rural infrastructure improvements.

"As President Trump heads into a new year, it's important he doesn't lose the courage and boldness that have enabled him to defy the establishment and get so much done for the American people", said Joseph Farah, CEO of WND and creator of the campaign. Part of that deal, Trump has said, must include money to pay for a the wall along the Mexico- U.S. border. The U.S. gas tax has not been raised since 1993 and Congress has shifted more than $130 billion to shore up the highway trust fund since 2008.

But White House budget proposals are an important signal of the administration's priorities, with deficits forecast to peak at almost $1 trillion in 2020 and drive up the federal debt by a stunning 61 percent over 2017 levels by 2028.

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