Medical bodies slam Trump's 'devastating' and 'gutting' research cuts

"The President is going to build the wall, that's just it". The budget comes in at only 50 pages, less than half the size of previous administrations' budgets. The Trump budget would cut EPA to the level of more than 40 years ago, adjusted for inflation. The Pentagon, with a proposed 10 percent increase, $54 billion.

The Trump administration unveiled its budget proposal, which significantly reduces spending on climate change, earlier this week.

The Paul Ryan wing will complain that Trump is not undermining Social Security and Medicare, as Ryan himself has long advocated.

"The president ran saying he'd spend less money overseas and more money at home", Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, said a White House budget briefing.

Trump's proposal would eliminate funding to 19 agencies including the African Development Foundation, the Chemical Safety Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Institute on Peace and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. All climate change programs to which the USA had committed at the United Nations would be cut.

Other proposed steps include changing some foreign military assistance from grants to loans.

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump asked the US Congress on Thursday to approve a 2018 budget that would bolster military programs and begin building a wall on the southern border with Mexico while drastically cutting many federal agencies.

But the "skinny" budget blueprint already would affect numerous 420,000 SNAP recipients in the state.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Mulvaney said: "I think the president is fairly straightforward".

The budget would also "rebalance" federal contributions to research funding.

"We call on members of the U.S. Congress to oppose this budget", said AJWS President and CEO Robert Bank, "and we call on American Jews and all Americans who are guided by the value of upholding the dignity of every person to oppose President Trump's proposed radical cuts to the budget".

The budget also calls for the creation of a new "Federal Emergency Response Fund" that would be created to "rapidly respond to public health outbreaks", such as Zika.

The Department of Education also faces losing $1.2 billion in funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program which supports before and after school and summer programs.

The remainder of Mr Trump's budget, which will include proposals on taxes, mandatory spending and deficits and projections on the economy, won't come out until May.

The winners in Trump's proposed budget are the Defense Department which would see a $52.3 billion increase, the Department of Veteran's Affairs which would see a $4.4 billion increase and the Department of HomelandSsecurity which will see a $2.8 billion increase. "In this sense, this budget ignores the 70 percent of spending that is responsible for 90 percent of spending growth over the next decade and tells us nothing about how the Administration will address the nation's unsustainably rising national debt".

  • Larry Hoffman