Sen. Mark Warner responds to Trump budget proposal

Sen. Mark Warner responds to Trump budget proposal

Sen. Mark Warner responds to Trump budget proposal

U.S. President Donald Trump presented to Congress on Monday a budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 that contained stiff spending cuts across non-defense federal agencies and a hike in defense money. Leading Democrats immediately rejected the plan, signaling another bruising fight just weeks after a standoff that led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history. Not only do the majority of Americans oppose a border wall, but environmentalist groups also say the building a wall between the United States and Mexico would be devastating to communities and wildlife.

Video: Over the past eight years, President Trump has floated no fewer than 14 proposals for reducing the national debt in interviews and speeches.

The president's budget proposal was a stark reminder that his political base is his most important audience. The politically contentious declaration would circumvent Congress, though there's no guarantee Trump will be able to use the money in the face of a legal challenge from California and other states. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump's cuts "cruel and shortsighted. a roadmap to a sicker, weaker America", while other Democrats were also quick to condemn the proposal. "House Democrats will reject this toxic, destructive budget request which would hollow out our national strength and fail to meet the needs of the American people". The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps - threatening to veto one past year - but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in the fall.

Democratic lawmakers pressed Vought on why the administration focused cuts on discretionary nondefense spending rather than mandatory spending programs, despite the fact they are a larger contributor to the country's widening deficit. Some economists, though, say the bump from the tax cuts is waning, and they project slower economic expansion in coming years.

In addition, the USA national debt has exceeded 22 trillion dollars, according to the budget document, which said "Washington must fix its longtime spending problem".

"We believe that every budget is an opportunity to put forward our vision for the next 10 years", said acting budget director Russell Vought.

Asked by host Chris Wallace why he seemed to no longer care about deficit and debt as much as he did during the Ronald Regan era, Kudlow replied, "I don't think good growth policies have to obsess necessarily about the budget deficits and so forth". "Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government". Republicans have launched several efforts to end the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles, which is already set to phase out for several automakers. Under divided control, the White House views it as unlikely that any new proposals can win legislative approval - and plan to be judicious about sending anything to Capitol Hill only to see it defeated.

The White House predicts rising deficits beyond the standard 10-year time horizon for federal budgeting, but claims the budget will balance in 15 years, assuming optimistic growth.

"This budget also reflects this Administration's continued commitment to ensuring our nation's students are safe at school".

With Democrats in charge of the House, Trump's grand plan has no chance of being enacted.

The budget calls for an outlay of $750 billion to overall defense spending-$718 billion of which will go to the Defense Department alone.

For workforce development, ED would dedicate $1.3 billion for Career and Technical Education state grants and $20 million for CTE national programs.

· Funding school-choice options, including $500 million for expanding public charter schools and $107 million for magnet schools. The work requirements will likely reduce program participation.

The White House wants to shake up the practise of pairing increases in defense spending with a corresponding increase in non-defense spending, a method that has been used to secure contentious funding deals in the past.

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