Trump's $4 trillion budget arrives on Capitol Hill

Trump's $4 trillion budget arrives on Capitol Hill

Trump's $4 trillion budget arrives on Capitol Hill

Setting aside the fact that budget document seems dead on arrival to many congressional leaders, the Trump administration expects to take in an extra $2 trillion in federal revenue over 10 years from the tax cuts. Democrats oppose many of Trump's plans, and the president's Republican allies in Congress are divided on some budget issues. He calls it "immoral".

But the budget has virtually no detail to prove it would deliver on Trump's promise for "massive" tax cuts. If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed to be, we need you to work.

Cuts in healthcare for the poor, food stamp, financial aid to the jobless and the disabled are among the features of the budget that the White House presented as the "first in a long time" that saw government spending from the perspective of the tax payer.

Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget Director, said the budget was written with taxpayers in mind.

Trump's budget pointedly doesn't touch Medicare and avoids Social Security's retirement program.

"Given the growing threats we face, we should be supporting - not slashing - anti-terrorism, law enforcement, and humanitarian programs", Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

The cuts to food stamps are several times larger than those attempted by House Republicans a few years back and comprise the bulk of a 10-year, $274 billion proposal that's labeled as welfare reform. "In these unsafe times, this public safety and national security budget blueprint is a message to the world - a message of American strength, security and resolve", Trump said. He says he looks forward to working with Budget Committee leaders to "pass a balanced budget". It would take several months before the annual budget is passed by the House and the Senate and finally signed into law by the U.S. president.

Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor and many disabled Americans, would be cut by more than $600 billion over 10 years by capping payments to states and giving governors more flexibility to manage their rosters of Medicaid recipients.

During the campaign, Trump said Mexico should pay for the wall.

"The Trump administration has taken so many important pieces of the budget off the table", MacGuineas said.

If passed, the steep funding cuts in the plan released on Tuesday would mean much less non-military USA government engagement overseas as the administration implements Trump's "America First" worldview.


A president's budget has to be approved by Congress, so the final form may be quite different from what the chief executive submits.

"This budget exposes all of that verbiage for what it really was: just cheap and dishonest campaign rhetoric that was meant to get votes", Sanders told a news conference.

He also describes the president's recommendations as a "message budget to the right wing of the party".

US President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within a decade by making sharp cuts to social safety net programs and less funding for global institutions and schemes.

Some of the proposed cuts to programs like Social Security's disability benefits are created to push more people into the workforce.

Administration officials say they want to tighten work requirements to get millions of people off government support programs and back into the labor force, saying that will help them achieve their ambitious goal of boosting economic growth on a sustained basis to 3 percent annual gains.

"The President's proposed budget has never been followed in the Senate or the House so the idea that this somehow is imposing cuts is just not true", Cornyn said about the President's budget proposal at the end of March.

The proposed $4.1 trillion 2018 budget released Tuesday has a line item for "a physical wall" along the southern border but includes $2.6 billion for border security - a fraction of the wall's projected costs - to cover land acquisition, wall replacement and new wall costs.

It is unclear if the Republican-controlled House and Senate will be able to pass a budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting on October 1.

The proposal projects that this year's deficit will rise to $603 billion, up from the actual deficit of $585 billion last year.

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