Trump budget plan slashes food stamps, healthcare for poor

As the Trump administration's 2018 budget was released in Washington on Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump was half way around the globe, preparing for a visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday.

USA military assistance to partners and allies reached US$13.5 billion in 2015, or 28 per cent of all U.S. foreign aid spending that year, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Defense spending and border security would get significant boosts.

Some of the proposed cuts to programs like Social Security's disability benefits are created to push more people into the workforce. Despite all the talk about cuts, the President's 2018 budget would not get the yearly budget deficit below $400 billion until 2023.

Other cuts in Trump's budget include reductions in pension benefits for federal workers, in part by requiring employees to make higher contributions. Trump's new budget assumes sustained growth above 3 percent, sharply higher than the expectations of most private economists.

The deficit is projected to surpass $1 trillion in nominal terms before the 10-year mark, and then to keep rising.

It's doubtful the budget has much momentum in Congress. Numerous voters who propelled Trump into the presidency last November would see significantly less from the federal government.

They said that unless Trump is able to rally broader support and win more funding for construction in another fiscal year, his plans for a "big attractive wall" that he promised during his election campaign last year may not be realized.

The White House is also asking for $1.5 billion to support Trump's efforts to substantially increase detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants by funding detention and removal efforts. Almost 3 billion will be invested in border security - $1.6 billion of which will be allocated to brick and mortar to build Mr. Trump's proposed southern border wall.

The White House estimates that the country's cumulative debt as a share of the economy would fall to 60% of GDP by 2027 under Trump's proposals, down from 77% today.

The US$603 billion includes funding for nuclear weapons programs at the Department of Energy and other national defence programs as well as the Department of Defence. His budget is titled, "The New Foundation for American Greatness".

One of the biggest surprises in the budget is that defense spending remains relatively flat, after months of promises from Trump that he would completely rebuild the military.

The budget office assumes that the economy will hit 3 percent growth in five years and sustain that growth through 2028.

The program helps just over 42 million low-income Americans put food on the table.

The plan cuts nearly 3.6 trillion dollars (£2.7 trillion) from an array of benefit programmes and domestic agencies over the coming decade.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday reiterated Trump's idea that every taxpayer dollar spent on infrastructure should spur on average at least $5 in investment at the state and local level. "They're saying they won't raise taxes".

"In the America of President Trump's budget, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will be "fined, ' while the wealthiest Americans will get a 'bonus.' What's so 'great" about that America?" asked Sen.

While the legislation also would allow states to implement work requirements for Medicaid recipients, the Trump administration could do the same thing by granting states a federal waiver of Medicaid rules.

For the first time, the budget proposes a fully paid-for proposal to provide six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, it said. The program - which would cost somewhere between $19 billion and $25 billion over a decade - would be administered through the unemployment insurance system.