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Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian".

But the administration's budget fails to reckon with certain realities about the US economy. But some of Trump's spending proposals are so severe, members of both parties are likely to resist, if only because many of their constituents rely on these programs.

"Trump's budget exists somewhere over the rainbow where the dreams of Mick Mulvaney, Paul Ryan and the Koch brothers really do come true", Schumer said, referring to the billionaire industrialists who fund conservative campaigns. "We're not going to measure our success by how much money we spend but by how many people we actually help".

I know, I know: who cares? "And the message is from the President to the Congress saying, 'Here's what my priorities are..."

Critics call the spending blueprint "Robin Hood in reverse".

One of the congressional aides said Trump still lacks the support needed. Trump would require parents receiving benefits to submit a Social Security number to weed out unauthorized immigrants - even those whose children are United States citizens. "If you're on food stamps, and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work". "There's a dignity to work".

During a tour of Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, Perry said he has "not been in the job long enough to go through the budget line item by line item". A better word might be "responsible", but the Trump administration realized what Mulvaney called an "ugly truth": "You can never balance the budget at 1.9 percent" growth. "We're not going to solve the readiness problem in one year".

-Young Workers: By not addressing Social Security or Medicare benefits for retirees, Trump's budget increases the likelihood that young workers will eventually face either significant benefit cuts or big tax increases.

Congress has been adding tens of billions of dollars annually to pay for crumbling roads because gas tax revenue is not keeping up with fix needs.

The spending document says the administration would meet its $1 trillion target through a mix of new federal funding, incentives for private sector investment and expedited projects that "would not have happened but for the administration's involvement".

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All domestic spending except for the military and homeland security would be cut by $57 billion, which is around 10 per cent, over the next decade. "And so when you're trying to reach balance by relying on such a tiny sliver of the budget, it's very hard to make those numbers add up". It cuts the corporate tax rate to 15 percent. He said the new paid parental leave programs he said will help parents keep working.

See more from The Hill. Trump's administration has tried to restrict funding to so-called "sanctuary" cities - jurisdiction that don't enforce federal immigration priorities and cooperate fully with federal authorities - but their efforts were halted by the courts. It's presenting the 2018 budget today.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney struggles with arithmetic.

"At the end of the day, they may settle for something that's huge and egregious but less than the cosmic number they are throwing around" in the budget proposal, he said.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel. Congress hasn't passed a budget in several years, instead passing resolutions that continue prior-year funding levels over short-term periods.

The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that amount to a dramatic restructuring of the government, with protection for retirement programs for the elderly, billions of dollars more for the military and the rest of the government bearing the bulk of the reductions.

TAMI LUHBY: No. He is saving Social Security, or he's not touching Social Security. The White House bases its projections on passage of the Republican health care bill recently approved by the House of Representatives.

HORSLEY: (Laughter) You're right. The White House does assume that whatever deal Congress can reach on taxes will not add to the federal deficit over the next decade.

MARTIN: So what about the deficit - which is something that has traditionally been incredibly important to the Republican Party, getting the deficit under control.

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

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