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.
Democrats are likely to submit an alternative to Trump's budget later this year after having declined to do so at times with Obama in the White House.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
Trump's budget lists a $610 billion reduction in Medicaid funding.
"Three percent, I'm not seeing how you get there mathematically", said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.
A GPO worker stacks copies of "Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2018" onto a pallet at the U.S. Government Publishing Office's plant in Washington on Friday.
Trump had asked lawmakers for $1.5 billion to get the project started this summer that he says will be charged back to Mexico.
The government hasn't run a surplus since 2001, and deficits spiked during former President Barack Obama's term in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. He seeks to balance the budget by the end of the decade, according to the plan.
"Here's what I'm happy about: we finally have a president who's willing to actually even balance the budget", said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in a House GOP news conference on Tuesday. Dick Durbin of IL.
Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for low-income people, and the Children's Health Insurance Program would face $616 billion in cuts over the next decade.
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About 18 percent of Spokane County and 13 percent of Kootenai County households received food stamps in 2015, according to census data.
As for the steep cuts to federal programs, Mulvaney asserted that the budget would help motivate Americans in poverty to be self-sufficient.
The Pentagon would receive more money in its base budget, but the Department of Defense's Overseas Contingency Operations fund would be cut $593 billion over the next 10 years. A Quinnipiac national survey in March, while House Republicans were trying to replace Obamacare, showed that the public opposed cuts in the federal Medicaid program by a margin of 74 percent to 22 percent.
Trump's plan has not come as a bolt from the blue: back in February 2017 the United States president proposed to boost defense and security spending by $54 billion and "cut roughly the same amount from non-defense programs", CNN wrote.
Thomas Spoehr, who directs the Center for National Defence at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the conversion from grants to loans will be a challenge especially for smaller military aid recipient countries like Macedonia and Tunisia. "They're not mere shavings, they're deep, deep cuts".
The disability benefits will see over $72 billion in cuts. In agriculture, it would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, an idea already attacked by farm state lawmakers.
Trump's package of spending cuts and tax breaks assumes an economic growth rate of 3%, which many analysts have dismissed as improbable.
As the months of Mr. Trump's presidency roll on, even some of his fiercest supporters - like conservative pundit Ann Coulter - have grown skeptical that the president may not fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall between the USA and Mexico.
I'm working every day to help our people be better educated, healthier, and have more money in their pockets. "For the first time in a long time the administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are paying the taxes".
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says the budget would harm many Trump supporters, but he's optimistic it will be roundly rejected. The Congressional Budget Office forecast under current policy is 1.9%.