Is Trump budget dead on arrival in Congress?

Congress hasn't passed a budget in several years, instead passing resolutions that continue prior-year funding levels over short-term periods.

The formal unveiling of the White House budget is a time-honored Washington ritual usually composed of a Rose Garden ceremony and a presidential tour around the country.

President Trump's proposed budget, released Tuesday, calls for a major reworking of the nation's social safety net for low-income Americans.

The proposed 2018 budget immediately came under attack by Democrats and even some GOP allies declared it dead on arrival.

-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The agency, which fights everything from AIDS to Zika, would have its budget cut about 18 percent, to $6.3 billion.

"It'll face a tough sled here", said veteran Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky.

Such cuts - which include "zeroing out" programs like community development block grants and heating aid to the poor - were ignored when Congress earlier this month wrapped up a massive spending bill for the current year.

Association of American Medical Colleges President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, expressed concern with the budget plan's deep spending cuts.

Because of the aging population, Trump can not return the economy to 3 percent growth, said Bill Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center who formerly served as a Republican aide on the Senate Budget Committee.

The proposal projects that this year's deficit will rise to $603 billion, up from the actual deficit of $585 billion last year.

The budget also calls for tax cuts and a balanced budget, according to projections from Trump's team.

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 US economic recovery in history produced four years of black ink from 1998 to 2001. Trump's new budget is based on sustained growth above 3 percent, sharply higher than the expectations of most private economists.

Trump's plan relies on forecasts for economic growth of 3 percent a year by the end of his first term - well beyond Congressional Budget Office assumptions of 1.9 percent growth.

Nonetheless the budget proposal, boldly titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness", is a detailed, significant and long-awaited statement of the Trump administrations intentions and ambitions. Cuts to a popular crop insurance program have already landed with a thud.

Most government departments would see steep cuts, particularly the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Administration officials defended these measures as a way to reduce government support they contend is keeping millions of Americans out of the workforce and thus reducing economic growth.

"This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes", White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a briefing on Monday. "If you are on disability and you should not be, we need you to go back to work".

"If you're in this country and you want to work ..."

While U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal for national defense increases spending, it falls short of campaign promises to rebuild the U.S. Navy and a "historic" increase in military spending. The $200 billion in outlays isn't necessarily meant to fund projects directly, but instead to entice states, localities and private companies to inject $800 billion more into infrastructure funding.

The proposed budget makes deep cuts in programs that have become important to voters considered core Trump supports - white working-class voters hard hit by lost manufacturing jobs and the Great Recession, especially in rural areas. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, asked if he's concerned about the message sent by slashing the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. A 10-year, $193 billion reduction in food stamps - nearly 30 percent - promises to drive millions of people off the program. But it does call for substantial cuts to other mandatory spending, including the Social Security disability program, food stamps, as you mentioned, and Medicaid. In agriculture, it would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, an idea already attacked by farm state lawmakers.

On taxes, Trump promises an overhaul that would cut tax rates but rely on erasing tax breaks and economic growth to avoid adding to the deficit.

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