Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Over $800bn is expected to be saved from cuts to Medicaid, part of Trump's predecessor Barack Obama's healthcare program.

Cuts of $800 billion to Medicaid in the Trump budget hinge on passage of the U.S. House's proposed American Health Care Act, the potential replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

"There are ways to leverage federal spending in order to drive infrastructure programs at the state and local level that would not have taken place but for federal spending", Mulvaney said.

"We need men and women who are sitting home thinking you know what, I don't know if I can go back to work because we're getting ready to have a kid", Mulvaney said.

The budget, which covers the fiscal year that starts in October, is being delivered as the White House tries to push ahead on its pro-business economic agenda while grappling with the political fallout from Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

The $603 billion includes funding for nuclear weapons programmes at the Department of Energy and other national defence programmes as well as the Department of Defence.

-A 10-year $US191 billion reduction - or 30 per cent - in food stamps.The program serves about 42 million people.

Some of these programs - including Medicaid and the modern version of food stamps - provide benefits to up to a fifth of all Americans, and the breadth of the cuts has rattled lawmakers from both parties who have warned that the reductions go too far.

A group of medical schools, patient organizations, and doctors spoke out against the cut, instead asking Congress to increase the NIH's budget by $2 billion in a full-page ad in Politico and the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The administration has requested $2.6 billion for overall border security.

The Pentagon would get a boost, and there would be a $1.6 billion down payment to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, which was a central promise of Trump's presidential campaign.

Based on a document circulated on Capitol Hill from the White House, the budget will slash $193 billion from SNAP.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The Trump budget seeks to cut back from these programs to put them, the administration says, more in line with current needs. It also relies on rosy projections about economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years.

Increased funding for childcare credits and family leave: A projected supported by Trump's daughter Ivanka and touted during the campaign, the program would create $25 billion over 10 years in spending for the paid family leave.

So before the ink is even dry on a congressional health care bill gutting Medicaid spending, we have the White House proposing additional cuts of hundreds of billions of dollars.

Republicans controlling Congress have delayed action on their companion budget measure, waiting for Trump to go first.

Some budget-watchers wrote off Trump's full budget as a wish list that would be "dead on arrival" at Congress.

"Hopefully we will be able make that argument to our friends in Congress that what DOE is involved with plays a vital role, not only in the security of America but the economic well-being of the country as we go forward", Perry said. Mulvaney added: "This is 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". Another $72 billion over 10 years would come from Social Security's disability insurance program, including $50 billion in savings achieved by helping recipients obtain jobs and get off the program.

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