White House unveils $4.7T budget with billions for border wall, defense

Trump plans to ask for another $8.6B to fund border wall: report

Trump plans to ask for another $8.6B to fund border wall: report

The total budget request by Trump comes to $4.7 trillion and also includes trillions of dollars in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as well as a 15 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a 31 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "They are extreme to a level that is malicious - a level that is meant to do harm".

Moreover, given Trump's ongoing effort to use the declaration of a bogus "national emergency" on the US-Mexico border to redirect Pentagon funds towards the building of his border wall, the creation of a huge $164 billion OCO slush fund would give the commander-in-chief virtually free rein for military operations around the world, or within the United States itself.

His budget reduces spending in Medicare, a federal health program for the elderly, by $845 billion over 10 years, from current law.

Like many Democrats, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the chairwoman of the House Interior-EPA Appropriations Subcommittee, immediately declared the EPA budget "dead on arrival".

Troubling to Maryland environmental advocates is a 90 percent cut to funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, which they say has been an essential tool for the estuary's recovery in recent years. Trading Medicare and Medicaid for tax breaks?

Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought added that Trump's budget "reflects the president's priorities to ensure that all Americans can benefit from the nation's historic economic boom and record-low unemployment". A grand-bargain spending bill past year that increased funding for both defense and nondefense programs - here the Democrats deserve a share of the blame - also spilled plenty of red ink.

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The president's proposal also includes work requirements for Medicaid recipients, and it would convert Medicaid to a state-administered program supported by federal block grants. "However, there is no question, President Trump's job growth policies are helping the American economy". "He hasn't proposed what he advocated for as a candidate?"

The bottom line: Presidential budgets are called aspirational for good reason. "Are you against it?" The administration unveiled plans to curb them through a proposed rule after Republican efforts to do so failed in the Congress. "We look forward to working with the administration and the Congress as we tackle the challenges of health care delivery together".

In 2017, when Republicans still controlled both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House, they pushed through deep tax cuts, mainly for businesses, that were projected to add $1.5 trillion to the $20 trillion national debt over 10 years.

The budget blueprint, which forecasts annual deficits extending beyond the next decade and rising national debt, represents a wish list for the president's priorities that is certain to be ignored by Congress. The $2.7 trillion in proposed spending cuts over the decade is higher than any administration in history, they say. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps - threatening to veto one previous year - but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in the fall. "This is the process that is not on autopilot". While the White House assumes growth to stay at about 3 percent through 2024, the CBO projects a rate of only 1.7 percent on average through 2023. While such forecasts are hard to predict, the White House figure is at odds with projections made by the International Monetary Fund, which anticipates U.S. growth will decline to 2.5% this year and soften further in 2020 as the fiscal stimulus of the Republican-backed 2017 tax cuts fades. "We've been trying to have it since we got to office".

An EPA spokesman said additional details about the bay program would be available with the release of the Congressional Justification on March 18.

"In the midst of a prolonged rural recession and crop damage from devastating weather events, we should be having a conversation about how to strengthen and improve crop insurance, not weaken the policies that so many of America's farmers rely on", a coalition of seven crop insurance groups said.

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