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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 at the White House in Washington Tuesday

But wait - if you recall, the magic of the Trump tax cuts is also supposed to pay for the Trump tax cuts.

The fiscal 2018 budget proposal's OCO funding includes $46 billion for operations in Afghanistan, but is based on current USA troops levels at about 8,400. The budget, which would begin October 1 if approved by Congress, includes a base request of $574.5 billion alongside a wartime spending account, known as Overseas Contingence Operations, of $64.6 billion to fund continuing operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe.

Without more than $2 trillion in such "economic feedback" over the coming decade, the nation's budget would never reach balance and would run a deficit of nearly $500 billion.

Leaders of both parties espouse the desire to help Americans have greater prosperity and security.

"There's a certain philosophy wrapped up in the budget, and that is that we are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs", Mulvaney said.

"Isn't it reasonable to at least ask the question, 'Are there people on that program who shouldn't be on there?'" Mulvaney asked.

"We don't get rid of [climate change spending] here". Sure. Do a lot of EPA reductions aim at reducing the focus on climate science? Yes.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, "The president's budget, as we all know, is a recommendation". Those changes would cut SNAP spending by $4.6 billion in 2018, increasing to more than $20 billion annually by 2022. Politically, this program and others like it enjoy bipartisan support.

Medicare and Medicaid fraud prevention efforts would get a $70 million increase next year.

- $214 million for the Department of Justice to hire 75 additional teams of immigration judges. Defense clean-up budgets would tumble from $909 million to $800 million. Funding for the BLM's onshore oil and gas activities, including permanent funding, would total $173.6 million, an increase of $23.9 million. The Trump budget is a challenge to Congress to start paring back our dangerously bloated welfare state.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's Goldwein calls that magical thinking.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The administration proposes trimming the CDC, which helps states and other countries fight infectious disease outbreaks, by $1.3 billion - 17 percent.

Student loans: Streamlining (and curtailing) student loan programs will save $76 billion.

Overall, the Trump budget would cut $3.6 trillion of projected government spending over 10 years, even as it boosts spending on some areas.

The DOT's annual budget would drop from an estimated $79.4 billion for the 2017 fiscal year to an estimated $62.3 billion in 2022. To others, the values reflected in the Trump budget are no less than "Robin Hood in reverse" - take from the poor to give to the rich, in the form of tax cuts. It was the American economy that was broken rather than American economics.

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, says, "I don't think the president's budget is going anywhere".

Sessions' new policies should lead to an increase in prison population, so the budget contains funding to fully open a new supermax prison in Thomson, Ill., with room for 1,500 to 2,000 inmates.

May 23 The Trump administration wants to allow states to expand the use of tolling on interstate highways while sharply cutting grants for transit projects and raising airline passenger security fees, according to the White House budget released on Tuesday. Mike Enzi (R-WY).

"The president proposes and Congress disposes".

He predicted Trump's budget could face the same fate in the House as President Barack Obama's budgets: zero votes. Given that level, as well as the differences in unemployment insurance by state - the maximum weekly payout is $235 in MS, compared to well over $700 in MA - and given that "broad latitude" we mentioned, it's not clear how much families would receive. Under his blueprint for next year, the federal government would take in more than it spends by 2027, according to White House estimates.

Departments: The State Department and US Agency for International Development see their combined budget slashed by 31.5 percent, to $37.6 billion next year.

Democrats and Republicans say the budget, which calls for deep cuts to Medicaid and food and housing programs, is dead on arrival.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine's 2nd District released a statement saying he's evaluating how the budget affects families, veterans and communities, but he raised a red flag about any drastic reductions to LWCF, Acadia National Park, the Healthy Beaches Program and LIHEAP.

Millions of Americans are enrolled in these government-funded safety net programs.

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