Congress isn't the real audience for the White House budget proposal

A man works on the Southern Nevada portion of U.S. Interstate 11 near Boulder City Nevada in May 2017

A man works on the Southern Nevada portion of U.S. Interstate 11 near Boulder City Nevada in May 2017. AP FILE

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The Pentagon last staged a parade in Washington in 1991 to celebrate victory in the first Persian Gulf War, which saw a vast USA -led military coalition push Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.

In keeping with another Trump campaign promise, the budget provides for $200 billion in federal funds meant to spur $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments with state, local and private partners over the next 10 years - an ambitious program that will have to be approved by Congress.

A White House official noted that Trump "has said everything is on the table" to achieve infrastructure improvements.

Trump hopes that the initial investment will raise a further $1.3 trillion from the private sector.

A Transformative Projects Program will receive $20bn (£14bn) and the same amount will also be invested into expanding infrastructure financing programs; $14bn (£10bn) of which will develop existing credit programs such as TIFIA, WIFIA, RRIF and rural utility lending.

Mulvaney, who spent his time in Congress fighting to rein in the federal debt, told the Senate during his testimony he knew the budget does not balance out over a 10-year period and added he warned of that possibility last year. Instead, the budget allows the White House to lay out its priorities for the year.

At the core of the plan is funding.

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Republicans have been split on the idea.

"This budget lays out a thoughtful, detailed, and responsible blueprint for achieving our shared agenda", Ryan said in a statement on Monday. "But despite these positive steps forward, the budget falls short in fiscal responsibility".

"To my surprise, President Trump, today in our meeting, offered his support for raising the gas and diesel tax by 25 cents a gallon and dedicating that money to improve our roads, highways, and bridges", Carper, a Democrat who has advocated for the increase, said in a statement.

At his confirmation hearing in January 2017, Mulvaney called for "fundamental changes" in the way "Washington spends and taxes". "It builds on last week's budget agreement by focusing on rebuilding our national defense and promoting a stronger economy".

Others were also cautious.

The White House would offset the new spending with unspecified cuts in other areas of the budget.

"These are spending caps, these are not spending floors", he said.

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