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Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

Despite expressing that cleaning up toxic pollution would be his top priority, the administration's proposed budget cuts funding for Superfund by about one quarter.

The proposal reflects a conservative vision of smaller government, a drastic rollback of programs for the poor and disabled to prod them into the workforce and a robust hike for the military and border security.

The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by almost one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air and water programs. And, like so many aspects of Donald Trump's existence, from his M. C. Escher hair to his not-found-in-nature skin tone, it requires a massive suspension of disbelief.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, said that the White House was still planning on reforming the tax system, but that because those plans are still preliminary, the administration decided not to assume any overall change in the amount of money collected.

President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation's economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years.

But they typically recommend two things: Focus the bulk of the changes on the programs that are the primary drivers of debt: Namely, Medicare and Social Security. "They're not mere shavings, they're deep, deep cuts".

"The health and vitality of the Great Lakes are instrumental to having sustained economic growth in Michigan and across the entire Great Lakes region", said Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican who co-chairs the House's Great Lakes Task Force. In agriculture, it would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, an idea already attacked by farm state lawmakers. The sales pitch Mulvaney provided at a White House press briefing earlier evidently did little to impress his fellow South Carolina Republican, as Graham went on to blast Trump's proposed 29 percent decrease in funding to the State Department and USAID as "a lot of Benghazis in the making if we actually implemented the State Department cuts".

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says the budget would harm many Trump supporters, but he's optimistic it will be roundly rejected.

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Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, said Trump's plan would devastate rural areas - with the Medicaid cuts directly hitting hospitals and nursing homes - and harm poorer voters who backed Trump at last year's presidential election.

Cuts to disability benefits: The budget would cut funding for federal disability insurance provided through Social Security program by $72 billion. The president is also requesting a $54 billion increase for the Department of Defense and other national defense programs.

Congressional Democrats are harshly criticizing President Donald Trump's budget for 2018, saying it contradicts numerous promises he made on the presidential campaign trail. Dick Durbin of IL. Trump's budget cuts TANF by 13 percent over that time span.

The goal is to encourage a total of $1 trillion of public and private investment in infrastructure, which would include "expedited projects that would not have happened" without federal involvement, such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline. As a result, what many critics of the plan are now suggesting is that Trump's belief is nothing but "an embarrassing mistake". Without more than $2 trillion in such "economic feedback" over the coming decade, the nation's budget would never reach balance and would run a deficit of nearly $500 billion.

Higher growth means lower deficits and Trump's plan folds in more than $2 trillion in unspecified deficit savings over the coming decade from "economic feedback" to promise balance.

It is hard to know what to make of this statement, because the budget in fact does project a change in the deficit resulting from revenues - an increase of $2.1 trillion over 10 years.

If CBO's growth rate were plugged into Trump's budget, it would still produce a deficit in 2027, according to CRFB's analysis.

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