Trump budget proposes 3.1 percent military pay raise, largest boost since 2010

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· Maintain current level of funding for various programs that serve high-need students, including $737.4 million in English language Acquisition formula grants, $13.2 billion for IDEA grants to states for special education and early intervention programs for children with disabilities and $15.9 billion in Title I grants to support students in high-poverty schools. Keeping with President Trump's promise in his State of the Union address to end the spread of HIV in the US over the next decade, the budget plan calls for HHS to receive $291 million next year to help curb the spread of the virus.

Second, Social Security and Medicare are starting their rapid growth so many budget experts have been warning about for years, making it even more hard to bring the budget into balance.

The national debt now stands at a record high of $22 trillion and has risen by $2 trillion since President Trump has been in office.

What the budget proposal lacks s a projected balanced budget in ten years.

Titled "A Budget for a Better America" and claiming "Promises kept".

The Trump administration's proposal provides $131 billion in new post-secondary grants, loans and work-study and includes $64 billion in discretionary spending, a 10-percent reduction from the prior year.

Non-defence spending was held below those caps, thanks to steep proposed funding cuts to the State Department (23 percent) and Environmental Protection Agency (31 percent), among others.

Funding has to pass before October 1st which will mark the start of the 2020 federal fiscal year, or it may lead to another shutdown.

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Trump called on Monday for spending more U.S. taxpayer money on the military and a U.S. -Mexico border wall, while spending less on social safety-net programs. A senior administration official says these are the biggest proposed cuts made by any president in history.

On Capitol Hill, the budget landed without much fanfare from Trump's GOP allies, while Democrats found plenty not to like. They have little to no say in the courses they take. The latest budget also calls for repealing "Obamacare", limiting future federal spending on Medicaid for people with lower incomes, as well as breaking out the new Space Force as its own military branch. While such forecasts are hard to predict, the White House figure is at odds with projections made by the International Monetary Fund, which anticipates USA growth will decline to 2.5% this year and soften further in 2020 as the fiscal stimulus of the Republican-backed 2017 tax cuts fades.

The budget also includes additional funding for fighting the opioid epidemic.

The budget proposes $200 billion toward infrastructure, much lower than the $1 trillion plan Trump once envisioned, but does not lay out a sweeping new plan.

By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signaling a fight ahead. That figure is more than six times what Congress gave Trump for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than he has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year after he failed to get the money he wanted.

Conservatives railed for years against deficits that rose during the first years of Barack Obama's administration as tax revenue plummeted and spending increased during the Great Recession. But even with Republican control of Congress during the first two years of the Trump administration, deficits were on a steady march upward.

The president's proposed budget did increase spending by $85 million for USDA's flagship research program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Lawmakers from both parties oppose the emergency declaration, but Congress appears to lack a veto-proof margin to block Trump.

Regarding the Trump administration and Congress not being "synced up" over education policy and funding issues, he added, "It is largely a philosophical disagreement about what role the federal government should be playing in state and local education". The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in US history.

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