Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

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"(The) State (Department) still has some flexibility to come up with a final plan on that, but I do know that writ large we have proposed to move several countries from a direct grant program to a loan guarantee program", he said.

"We're no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs, but by the number of people we help get off those programs", said Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and a former tea party congressman.

Tuesday's budget blueprint faces a skeptical reception from Congress.

At this point, it isn't clear how much of a priority the administration's new budget is to the president himself.

Social Security disability benefits would be cut by almost $70 billion over the next decade by encouraging and, in some cases, requiring people receiving the benefits to re-enter the workforce. "There's a certain message here", Mulvaney said.

Trump, now traveling in the Middle East and Europe on his first foreign trip since assuming office in January, will miss the unveiling of his plan. "He balances the budget over 10 years. Just don't do it changing these programs'".

President Donald Trump's budget aims to drive economic growth through tax cuts and regulatory reform, bolster the military through defense spending, and achieve balance within a 10-year window, according to White House officials. In fact, I've actually heard $106 referred to as a freeze because it simply stays in line with the Congressional Budget Office.

"[This is] an effort to get to sustained 3-percent economic growth in this country again", he said.

"In the America of President Trump's budget, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will be "fined, ' while the wealthiest Americans will get a 'bonus.' What's so 'great" about that America?" asked Sen. That's what this budget is part and parcel of.

While the benefits and medical care for the retirees would be untouched as promised by Mr. Trump during the campaign, the healthcare support for the poor will see cuts.

He is also calling for $2.6 billion to be spent on border security.

Does a budget like this, described as a "taxpayer first" budget, have a chance? "Then, if successful, we could look at reducing funding (for benefits)", she said. In states that reinstated the limit, such as Kansas and ME, many of those who had their benefits stopped were still not working a year later. "It is expected that US GDP will increase by 3 percent per year for coming decades", RIA Novosti contributor Igor Gashkov noted.

But what of the future of the chief drivers of the national debt, the entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare? Trump's budget summary says the program is fully paid for but includes only $19 billion over the next decade. Largely through slashing Medicaid and other anti-poverty programs, as the newest version of the proposed plan reveals.

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 US economic recovery in history produced four years of black ink from 1998 to 2001.

"Meals on Wheels, even for some of us who are considered to be fiscal hawks, may be a bridge too far", Mr. Meadows said, referring to one popular program slated for cuts in the budget.

Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which like Medicaid helps pay for the Connecticut's Husky program, also would be cut by at least 20 percent for the next two fiscal years. "So it does make the programs healthier". But Trump's insistence throughout the campaign, including during the GOP primary, that he would not touch either program suggests the battle had not been won or deemed threatening enough with Republican voters. Every one of you in here owes the federal government roughly $60,000.

The plan also attempts to spur economic growth by rolling back red tape on businesses. "If you are on disability and you should not be, we need you to go back to work".

Lee said the proposed federal work requirement for food stamp recipients would make it easier to implement Walker's proposal to require parents who receive food stamps to work at least 80 hours per month to continue to receive full benefits.

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