Trump's $4T budget arrives on Capitol Hill

Defense spending and border security would get significant boosts.

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, says, "I don't think the president's budget is going anywhere". "In these unsafe times, this public safety and national security budget blueprint is a message to the world - a message of American strength, security and resolve", Trump said. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., calls the budget a massive transfer of wealth from working families and the elderly to the wealthiest 1 percent. GOP lawmakers will be flooded with questions - both in Washington and at the increasingly contentious town halls across the country - about where they stand on controversial budget cut proposals.

The new Trump budget would cut funding to grant programs that support essential services in rural towns can not afford on their own, like fixing broken sewer systems and community service projects.

At the direction of Defense Secretary James Mattis, the Pentagon is carrying out a broad budget and strategy review and experts said this budget is more of a placeholder until that is complete.

Trump is also targeting the Medicaid health program that provides care to the poor and disabled, and nursing home care to millions of older people who could not otherwise afford it.

His budget is titled, "The New Foundation for American Greatness".

-College Students: Trump's proposal would cut student loans by $143 billion over the next decade.

Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs, an advocacy group representing more than 100 anti-poverty organizations, called on lawmakers to "reject the bleak and risky vision in President Trump's budget".

No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn calls the budget "dead on arrival". There are deep cuts to social programs and spurious accounting.

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"I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, why is this in our budget?"

At the 10-year mark, Trump's budget is supposed to have balanced the federal ledger, without cutting Social Security or Medicare retirement benefits.

He also describes the president's recommendations as a "message budget to the right wing of the party". There are now about 42 million in the SNAP program.

These cuts, White House officials said, would usher in a sustained period of strong economic growth that would grow wealth, create more jobs, and reduce poverty. Those cuts rang alarm bells for many Republicans, who were particularly upset about proposals to eliminate community development block grants, slash medical research and eviscerate foreign aid.

HORSLEY: Well, the budget that came out a couple of months ago was referred to at the White House as the skinny budget, and it only dealt with a skinny piece of the overall government spending pie, namely the so-called discretionary spending that Congress has to authorize each year.

The Trump administration is expected to introduce its 2018 budget proposal on May 23, which will likely include major cuts to programs for low-income Americans.

The budget lands as Trump's GOP allies in Congress are grappling with repealing and replacing Obama's health care law and looking ahead to a hard rewrite of the loophole-clogged tax code.

At the same time, the blueprint boosts spending on the military by tens of billions and calls for $1.6 billion for a border wall with Mexico that Trump repeatedly promised voters the USA neighbor would finance.

US President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within a decade by making sharp cuts to social safety net programs and less funding for global institutions and schemes. Members of the House Freedom Caucus said earlier this year that Trump would have to show how he would offset the cost of a wall, which Democrats flatly oppose.


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