Trump infrastructure plan would speed up pipelines, cut environmental reviews

White House downplays Trump ‘reciprocal tax’ threat No formal plan in the works

White House downplays Trump ‘reciprocal tax’ threat No formal plan in the works

Democrats agree that USA infrastructure needs upgrading, but they say the White House proposal is short on federal funding. The figures could be even more severe if the plan to remove $554 billion from Medicare spending over 10 years is not approved by a Congress. Last year, the White House projected a budget surplus of $16 billion could be reached by 2027.

"I've been doing this for 40 years and every president's budget is always dead on arrival on Capitol Hill because the president proposes, Congress disposes - they decide how to spend the money".

"It is utterly astounding that just six weeks after slashing taxes on the wealthy and biggest corporations, creating a huge deficit, the president asks older Americans and middle-class Americans to make up the difference by slashing Medicare and Medicaid", Schumer said in a statement on Monday.

Now, it would be easy to say that Republicans don't care about the deficit because former President Barack Obama is out of the White House. The law gives the president the obligation to submit budget recommendations, but Congress can and does ignore them.

The proposal's failure to eliminate debt is also likely to upset some Republicans, who have traditionally opposed budget deficits.

Help us compile a list of requests in the Trump budget. The proposal included $1.5 trillion for rebuilding the country's infrastructure as well as $23 billion for border security-an amount that includes $18 billion for Trump's much-ballyhooed wall along the US and Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration.

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump told conspiracy peddler Alex Jones the United States would be no more unless it could find a way to balance the federal budget.

Senator Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees spending, called Trump's proposed cuts in foreign aid and the State Department "simplistic" and "arbitrary". But a White House spokeswoman said "everything is on the table" in the infrastructure plan and the gas tax has "pros and cons". Retirement benefits would remain mostly untouched, as Trump has pledged, though Medicare providers would absorb about $500 billion in cuts - a almost 6 percent reduction. Part of that deal, Trump has said, must include money to pay for a the wall along the Mexico- U.S. border.

The changes could have significant impact on the permitting process for pipelines, including in places where there has been significant public opposition like the U.S. Northeast.

The cost would depend on how many troops are involved and the types of military equipment chosen, Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee.