Trump budget includes steep cuts, rising deficits

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 15, 2018

The White House's 2019 budget proposal was released yesterday, with the bold headline being that the administration wants $4.4 trillion for the year.

"Because I've been hearing about your port for many, many years".

But the 2019 budget Trump sent to Congress Monday projects increased spending on both military and nondefense spending, and vastly blows up an already explosive federal deficit.

In a bid to show conservatives that the administration is embracing some fiscal discipline, the plan recommends cuts in non-military spending that would lower the federal budget deficit by $3tr over 10 years.

"It is utterly astounding that just six weeks after slashing taxes on the wealthy and biggest corporations, creating a huge deficit, the president asks older Americans and middle-class Americans to make up the difference by slashing Medicare and Medicaid", Schumer said in a statement on Monday. And most importantly, it's shared with the American people and by the American people.

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. "It would reduce funding for HUD's senior-specific housing program, and deeply cut the voucher program as well as phase out the nation's public housing program".

US President Donald Trump donated his NZ $137,000 (US$100,000) presidential salary for the fourth quarter of 2017 to the Department of Transportation, to help fund a new grant programme for repairing or building infrastructure.

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The $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal would give the interior secretary the authority to approve natural gas pipelines that cross the country's national parks, changing the requirement that Congress authorize such projects.

Administration officials tout the infrastructure plan as part of a shift back to national priorities, with $50 billion dedicated to projects in rural areas, many of which favored Trump in the 2016 elections.

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But only $200 billion of the $1.5 trillion would come from federal money.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe". It calls for a $214 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan, and a reorganization of government which potentially eliminate duplicating programs.

Mulvaney offered the estimate during questioning at the House Budget Committee.

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