Key benchmarks in President Donald Trump's budget

"The focus is sustained 3 percent economic growth", said White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said during the unveiling of the president's budget.

Here are some of the major winners and losers in Trump's budget plan - which Congress has already signaled it does not intend to pass as-is.

The funding cuts in Trump's plan for the fiscal year beginning in October would mark a stark decrease in non-military U.S. government engagement overseas as the administration pursues Trump's "America First" agenda.

Yet will they know that Trump is willing to sell them out to the rich and corporate interests, or will they fall for the right-wing Republican propaganda (amplified by Fox News and yell radio) that the budget is created to help people take more responsibility for themselves?

"These cuts that are being proposed are draconian". Not enough Republicans have the backbone to stand behind the president even though they know spending should be cut.

Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian".

Trump's budget would squeeze additional savings beyond that, but congressional aides say how much is not exactly clear.

It is unclear if the Republican-controlled House and Senate will be able to pass a budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting on October 1.

But the proposed reductions could trigger a backlash for Republicans, complicating efforts to keep control of the U.S. Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

In this glorious Trump-led future of greater dignity and less dependency, how will Americans find high-paying and reliable jobs? I had written to the administration at the start of the Trump presidency to request a direct appropriation so that administering this program would hold Guam's treasury harmless.

- The National Institutes of Health: The budget for the premier medical research agency would be cut by 18 percent, to $26 billion.

"I think it will be challenging for states to try to figure out what to do", said Trish Riley, executive director of the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy, which advises states.

Experts and journalists have pointed out that President Donald Trump's budget numbers for the 2018 fiscal year do not add up, as they rely on unrealistic growth expectations. Many Republicans are also stating their opposing to the budget, such as Republican Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas as she stated her disagreement on Bloomberg TV. The latter could be changed by enabling states to stiffen work requirements for those who receive the assistance.

As FiveThirtyEight's Ben Casselman explained, the reason this level of growth is not now attainable is that during the 1990s, the US saw "rapid growth in its labor force and rapid gains in the productivity of that labor force". But if you just take the projections as a 10-year average of 2.83 percent growth a year, that would still be less than the 1945 to 2007 postwar average of 3.1 percent when we averaged a recession every six to seven years.

States that voted for Trump would see federal aid decline by 1.2 percent, while those that supported Clinton would collectively see a drop of 4.8 percent.

The social program cuts hit hard.

The budget proposal also includes a steep cut to funding for global organisations, without specifying which groups might lose their funding.

"Now is precisely the time we should be investing more in these programs - not eviscerating them", Flynn said.

$2.6 billion is allocated for a border wall, and $1.5 billion would go towards expanding detention, transportation, and removal of illegal immigrants.

The Medicaid healthcare plan for the poor is slated for about an $800 billion cut, reversing the expansion that former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, brought to Republican states like West Virginia, Arkansas and Kentucky with large populations of poor people.

The plan, titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness", was delivered to Congress on Tuesday morning.

"It sends all of the right signals for the first time in almost a decade - a budget that actually is focused on the best interests of the American taxpayer rather than what's popular in Washington", he said.


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