Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

All told, the budget would reduce spending on safety-net programs by more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

His full budget will include his plans for mandatory programs, and was expected to propose cuts for means-tested programs for low-income people, such as food stamps and rental assistance, according to some media reports.

In a speech Monday evening in Indianapolis, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos once again argued for offering "the widest number of quality options to every family and every child", regardless of the kind of school a child attends.

A GPO worker stacks copies of "Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2018" onto a pallet at the U.S. Government Publishing Office's plant in Washington.

As is so often the case, Trump's proposal is counter to what Trump said as a candidate.

The budget would give states flexibility to impose work requirements for those in certain anti-poverty programs.

Mulvaney said it balances the federal budget in 10 years.

The budget, in its deeply conservative framework, risks alarming some of the president's supporters.

Even without Trump's proposal, spending on nondefense discretionary programs is already historically low. He promises a new parental leave program championed by his daughter Ivanka, but will fall short on his promises for a massive tax cut. "We'll go to work from there", said Sen.

"If the Trump people sell it as genuine reform that's getting rid of people who should be at work or are cheating, getting rid of redundancy and making the bureaucracy dramatically leaner, then it will be successful", Gingrich said.

When the House went through a similar exercise that year, the tongue-in-cheek Obama budget was proposed by none other than current Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, at the time a Republican congressman from SC in his first term.

"We need people to go to work", Mulvaney said.

-College Students: Trump's proposal would cut student loans by $143 billion over the next decade.

Trump is also targeting the Medicaid health program that provides care to the poor and disabled, and nursing home care to millions of older people who could not otherwise afford it.

Trump is calling for six weeks of national paid leave to be made available to new mothers and fathers, including those who adopt.

Trump's budget proposal will likely pile on to that, say lawmakers, stripping Medicaid of much of its budget.

-Border security: The proposal includes $2.6 billion for border security technology, including money to design and build a wall along the southern border.

It's a "tanks and tax cuts" budget.

A program created to move people receiving Social Security disability payments back into enter the workforce is politically toxic as well.

Trump's plan promises that overhauling the tax code and easing regulations will lift economic growth from the lackluster 2.1 percent average rate of recent years to sustained annual gains of 3 percent or better.

The budget proposes double-digit percentage cuts next year for many Cabinet departments and major agencies, including 31% at the Environmental Protection Agency, 29% at State, and around 20% at the Agriculture and Labor departments.

While past presidents have often launched a road show with stops around the country to promote the components of their inaugural budgets, Trump is spending the rest of the week overseas, leaving his staff to explain his plan while Republicans prepare their own response.

But budget expert Robert Greenstein said it would be a mistake to ignore Trump's budget because Republicans are under pressure to deliver promised tax cuts and could use the budget reconciliation process to achieve that goal.

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