Key benchmarks in President Donald Trump's budget

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe. And Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) said, "The president may actually have the unintended effect of bringing Democrats and Republicans together against this irresponsible budget". He's flouted conventions of the institution by holding on to his business, hiring family members as advisers and refusing to release his tax returns.

US President Donald Trump asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in an austere budget that also boosts the military.

It didn't take long after the release of the Trump administration's first budget for the criticism from both sides of the aisle to begin.

"Basically dead on arrival", opined the Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas.

-The elderly: Trump's budget plan does not address Social Security or Medicare benefits for retirees, even though both programs are on track to become insolvent in the coming decades. It foresees an overhaul of the tax code, a boon to the wealthiest Americans.

"If states get fewer dollars from the federal government, there are only so many options, because states have to balance the budget every year", said Elizabeth Carpenter, a health policy expert with the consulting firm Avalare Health. Defense spending would increase by $52 billion over the current year, including money earmarked for Trump's campaign promise of a wall along the Mexican border. Trump repeatedly promised voters during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, a notion that Mexican officials rejected.

Two Republican aides in Congress said the modest request is an acknowledgement from the White House that full funding is not realistic given opposition from Freedom Caucus conservatives in the House of Representatives as well as Democrats in the House and the Senate.

The proposed budget also includes cuts to Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, by more than $600 billion over 10 years. The President proposes to cut Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) by almost $64 billion between 2018 and 2027.

The proposed budget cuts $222 million, compared to 2017 spending levels, for disease prevention and health promotion programs.

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Several GOP lawmakers also complained that the administration made little or no effort to consult with them before putting forward a roster of cuts that Congress would clearly find unacceptable.

The administration is double counting its economic benefits, says Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, now a senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Overall, according to a Reuters analysis, states would see federal aid shrink under the proposals by 3 percent in the next fiscal year, with cuts falling more heavily on states that voted for Clinton. "Come on. That doesn't add up", Roberts said.

Trump, who once vowed "no cuts" to Medicaid, would now cut Medicaid by more than $800 billion, denying support to 10 million people.

The Congressional Budget Office, in comparison, estimates the nation will see 1.9 percent growth on average for the next 10 years. Student loan subsidies, home heating assistance and Great Lakes cleanup would be on the chopping block as the departments of education, environment, energy and State take hits.

Trump's budget proposal, however, faces tough hurdles. Dick Durbin of IL.

Paid parental leave - an issued championed by Ivanka Trump - was included in the plan and would allow new parents or parents of newly adopted children six weeks of paid leave.

Pingree says the depth of cuts to a wide range of important programs to ME and the rest of the country means there will be a serious fight, particularly because Trump wants to use the money to provide tax cuts and build a border wall.

The government hasn't run a surplus since the late 1990s when a budget deal between Democrat Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans combined with the longest USA economic recovery in history produced four years of black ink from 1998 to 2001. Those cuts go on top of the repeal of Obamacare's expansion of the program to 14 million people and amount to, by decade's end, an nearly 25 percent cut from present projections. This three percent growth is projected to continue until 2027.

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