Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Eric Ueland Republican staff director Senate Budget Committee holds a copy of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget before distributing them to congressional staffers on Capitol Hill in Washington

Diseases spread by vectors like mosquitoes and ticks - like the Zika virus - get a small funding boost, although the exact amount isn't clear. It foresees scuttling Barack Obama's health care law and an overhaul of the tax code, a boon to the wealthiest Americans.

Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian". "I think realism in the way we forecast numbers is part and parcel to a constructive budget process".

The top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer of NY, says the only good news about the budget is that it's likely to be roundly rejected by senators in both parties. "It's wrong. If a central policy is tax cuts, you should include tax cuts in your budget and account for them". The president's plan plows savings from reductions in discretionary spending into increases in the military budget while leaving America's two largest entitlement programs essentially untouched. But the administration's budget would cut more than $600 billion from Medicaid and the federal Children's Health Insurance Program on top of the $250 billion saved from repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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.

The Trump administration says it can balance the federal budget within a decade.

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.1 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2016. "We finally have a president who's willing to actually even balance the budget", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. They say the Trump plan is unrealistic, because it calls for cuts in job training and other programs that would assist people in getting jobs.

"I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, why is this in our budget?" "While I continue to review the details, it's obvious that the White House sticks to what is right by prioritizing defense and balancing the budget in 10 years". Other estimates range between 1.6 and 2.1 percent, but no economist, Goldwein says, has arrived at figures close to the 3 percent the White House is projecting. "We're going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those programs to get back in charge of their own lives".

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Mulvaney said Tuesday that "sustained, 3 percent economic growth" is the foundation of Trump-enomics that everything the administration does is based on.

Trump is aiming to cut aid for domestic agencies and foreign aid by 10 percent.

Additional spending in those areas is made up with projected economic growth and reductions to non-defense domestic costs for the environment, education, low-income assistance and transportation, among others.

Trump's budget would reduce funding for educational and cultural exchanges by 52 percent, including a 47 percent cut to the Fulbright Program, which enables USA citizens to go overseas and brings foreign students to study in the United States.

GOP Rep. Fred Upton of MI, a senior lawmaker, said border security is important, but questioned the need for $1.6 billion to be spent on Trump's border wall.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney released President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion spending plan Tuesday that relies on steep cuts to programs for the poor and faster economic growth in a bid to balance the government's books.

The president's fiscal plan, then, digs deep into Medicaid while making no serious cuts to Medicare-despite, as Jacobs writes, the fact that Medicare will spend $9 trillion over the next years, and is staring down insolvency in just over a decade.

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