Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1T budget

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1T budget

Under President Donald Trump's proposal, the United States would spend $27 billion on the Department of State, USAID, and Treasury International Programs in the 2018 fiscal year compared to 2017 ($38 billion).

Food stamp cuts would drive millions from the program, while a wave of Medicaid cuts - on top of more than $800 billion in the House-passed health care bill - could deny nursing home care to millions of elderly poor people.

The Trump budget proposes to start selling SPR oil in fiscal year 2018, which begins on October 1, with sales that would generate $500 million, according to the documents.

Trump's budget plan promises to balance the federal ledger by the end of a 10-year window, even while exempting Social Security and Medicare retirement benefits from cuts.

The budget does feature one major new domestic initiative - offering paid parental leave at a projected cost of $25 billion over the next decade.

AGRICULTURE - The White House budget proposed $46.54 billion in cuts to federal funding for the agriculture sector over the next 10 years, with the biggest cut in the form of a $38 billion bite out of farm supports, including new limits on subsidies for crop insurance premiums and caps for commodity payments.

"With this budget, the President betrays his promises to many voters who placed his trust in them".

"The president is essentially abandoning many people the economy has left behind - a large number of whom voted for him - and is pursuing policies that would make their lives more hard than they already are", said Robert Greenstein, president of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Since half of Medicaid beneficiaries are children, any cuts to the CHIP program - which covers more than 5.6 million youngsters - would "really put children's health coverage squarely in the bull's-eye", said Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University.

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

"Ultimately the Constitution gives Congress the ability to make an independent judgment" on the federal budget, Kothari said. Hourihan thinks this will likely happen again this year, given that the process is starting later than usual and "it has been over 20 years since Congress got appropriations done on time and this is not the year they'll break the streak". Those cuts follow a partial plan from March that targeted domestic agency operations and foreign aid that were quickly dismissed by lawmakers.

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The proposed cut to CDC "would be perilous for the health of the American people", says John Auerbach, president and CEO of the Trust for America's Health.

"You have to understand that for Trump, growth is populism, so he doesn't see this as a budget of cuts but a budget for growth", said Sam Nunberg, a longtime Trump associate who worked on his campaign in 2015.

"The politics of this make no sense to me whatsoever, in the sense that the population that brought them to the dance are the populists out there in the Midwest and South who rely on these programs that he's talking about reducing", said G. William Hoagland, a former senior Republican congressional budget aide.

"Three per cent, I'm not seeing how you get there mathematically", said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. Trump has proposed cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but his budget assumes that corporate tax receipts will increase nearly every year.

The Trump budget requests 70 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s and 14 Boeing Co F/A-18E/F fighters - the same quantities anticipated by Obama's administration for fiscal 2018.

"These senseless, irresponsible choices serve one objective: to pave the way for tax cuts for the very wealthiest", said Sen.

It's a "tanks and tax cuts" budget. "You don't have to be an economist to know that that doesn't add up, and that's why there's a great deal of concern about the negative fiscal impact that this budget will have".

But budget experts argued that was little more than fiction, and the plan could never deliver the results it claims to.

Trump's budget is scheduled to be officially released Tuesday, and Alleigh Marre, an HHS spokeswoman, declined to say if the version posted Monday was the final one.

Still, he said, the budget reflects the administration's priorities and the hope is that Congress will work to meet them. "There's not a snowball's chance that most of this deep deficit reduction will even be considered in a serious way".

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