Mulvaney also argued that Trump's planned tax reforms would simplify the tax regime, making it more likely people would pay taxes and so increase government revenues.

Republicans who control Congress - and the federal purse strings - will decide whether to make politically sensitive cuts, and the proposal is unlikely to be approved in its current form. Numerous steep cuts in programs for low-income Americans mimic reductions passed before by Republicans in the House of Representatives. That robust rate would balance the budget over the next 10 years, a strategy that some in Congress have questioned.

Go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/taxpayers-first to read the president's proposed budget. That level of growth hasn't been achieved over a full calendar year in more than a decade, and the Congressional Budget Office has forecast a growth rate of about 2 percent over the next 10 years.

The proposal depends on sustained growth projections above 3 percent which most economists view as overly optimistic. He suggests the budget's $191 billion cut to food assistance and $40 billion cut to public service loan forgiveness over the next decade are necessary sacrifices, but fails to mention that Trump's budget includes a $5.5 trillion tax cut that will mainly benefit the wealthy.

Large school districts would benefit from school choice programs but rural communities in SC with fewer options may have a more hard time adjusting, he said.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney slammed Democratic "demagoguery" about the budget in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. "I don't understand how people who are governing can disregard so many people in need", Berkowitz said. The president wants to cut the USAID budget by 30 percent.

At the same time, the blueprint boosts spending for 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.

Mnuchin had previously advised that the deadline to for Congress to act - and avert a first-ever default on USA obligations - was sometime in the fall.

"Having the government pull that data together and do that in a consistent way is extremely important", said Kevin Kennedy, deputy director for the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute.

Mnuchin was appearing Wednesday before a House panel one day after the White House released Trump's $4.1 trillion budget recommendation.

Mulvaney said the tax plan wasn't fully incorporated in the budget proposal because it was a guideline of principles, but one of the most explicit parts of that plan was repealing the estate tax.

The fiscal 2018 budget proposal, released by the White House on Tuesday, would cut the DOT's discretionary budget by almost 13 percent, to $16.2 billion.

While the plan boosts defense spending by $54 billion, it falls short of campaign promises for a "historic" hike in military spending amid plans to rebuild the U.S. Navy.

In states not getting waivers, where it estimated half the country lives, average premiums would be about 4 percent lower in 2026 than under Obama's law, the report said. "And for people who are on SNAP and people who are working, what more do we want from them?" "This budget is not going to go anywhere". Already, the House GOP bill would roll back former President Barack Obama's Medicaid expansion while also capping future federal financing for the program.


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