Trump budget cuts US domestic programs

February 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump's$US4.4 trillion budget is viewed as a suggesting by congress.

US President Donald Trump has released his second budget, seeking to bolster military spending and requesting funds for infrastructure, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and opioid treatment programs.

The $US4.4 trillion budget plan, which is viewed by congress as little more than a suggestion, will likely draw criticism from conservatives who worry that Republicans are embracing deficit spending.

The proposal for fiscal year 2019 includes $US200 billion for infrastructure spending and more than $US23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement. It also provides for $US716 billion in spending on military programs and for maintaining the US nuclear arsenal.

In a bid to show conservatives that the administration is embracing some fiscal discipline, the plan recommends cuts in non-military spending that would lower the federal budget deficit by $US3 trillion over 10 years.

Presidential budgets are often ignored by the US Congress, which controls federal purse strings.

Trump's budget request goes to congress only days after Trump signed off on a bipartisan spending agreement by lawmakers that will increase domestic spending by $US300 billion over two years, including $US165 billion in new defence spending and $US131 billion in non-military domestic spending.

Trump's budget also includes a number of economic forecasts and is expected to rely on estimates that the economy will keep growing at a rapid pace for the foreseeable future, which is critical to help cover the cost of the $US1.5 trillion tax-reform bill passed by congress in December.

The budget proposal includes two key elements: $US18 billion over two years for Trump's long-promised border wall and $US200 billion in federal funds to spur $US1.5 trillion infrastructure investments over the next 10 years with state, local and private partners.

The budget also seeks some $US13 billion in new funding over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic.

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