Why Trump's $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Will Never Get on Track

President Donald Trump joined by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Vicksburg Miss. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington Monday Feb. 12 2018 during a meeting about infrastructure

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The Interior Department has separately proposed $1.3 billion in the next budget year to address the maintenance backlog, which includes more than $11 billion for the National Park Service alone.

The Trump administration says, however, that Congress need not spend all of the money called for under the deal, particularly with regard to domestic spending.

$85.5 billion in discretionary funding for veteran medical care.

Trump is asking for $17 billion to fight the opioid abuse epidemic.

The White House argued, however, that the reduced spending would come through reforms to the government health insurance program for the elderly, not benefit cuts. "Infrastructure is not an issue either party owns; we as Americans own this issue". This week, the Trump budget proposed cutting funding for the low-income food program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to pay for large increases in spending on the military.

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One proposal that's not in the budget is allowing the federal government to negotiate Medicare drug prices directly.

"The [HHS] administration has been really thinking about and strategizing about how to best engage with the healthcare community", he says.

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The open embrace of red ink is a remarkable public reversal for Trump and his party, which spent years objecting to President Barack Obama's increased spending during the depths of the Great Recession. A separate document showed that the Army Corps has set aside $21 million to continue Poplar Island work next year. As part of the streamlining efforts, it would establish a "one-agency, one decision rule" for environmental reviews and create a two-year limit for environmental review decisions. "Obviously an hour parade is different from a five-hour parade in terms of the cost and the equipment and those types of things".

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., warned that the administration needs to "be careful here that we don't start a reciprocal battle on tariffs". The agency has been slimming down ever since, proposing to eliminate the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer along several other programs to focus on usability and interoperability. 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. "What was very important to me was the military; what was very important to me was the tax cuts". "Imagine someone leaving prison with a felony conviction on their record; they might find it more hard to find steady employment than someone else".

Smith echoed similar sentiments, adding that even with as the agency has reorganized its staffing levels, it will still be hard to manage the $22 million budget cut.

"These cuts to critical federal investments are so extreme they can only reflect a disdain for working families and a total lack of vision for a stronger society", Yarmuth said in a statement.

Add in the tax cut Republicans pushed through in December and the extra spending Congress approved last week, and the result is a flood of red ink that would send the national debt higher.

"The good news is this budget is going nowhere", Sanders said.

All told, the new budget sees accumulating deficits of $7.2 trillion over the coming decade; Trump's plan last year projected a 10-year shortfall of $3.2 trillion.

However, that funding will be prioritized differently under the reorganization. "But it also just seems unnecessary".

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