Governor Ralph Northam visits White House for infrastructure meeting

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

     

     Gary Cameron

"So you would say this is a no, as a member of Congress?".

Despite these cuts, the US$4.4 trillion total budget proposal still increases spending by 10 percent over 2017. "And as we saw just last week with the so-called bipartisan budget agreement, details can be expensive". The proposal would add $7.2 trillion more to the debt over 10 years.

It calls for spending $57 billion less in fiscal year 2019 than mandated in a two-year budget deal passed last week by Congress that raised spending limits on both military and domestic programs by $300 billion. When a questioner at the briefing referred to Mulvaney as a "one-time deficit hawk", he shot back, insisting he is a "still-time deficit hawk, thank you". "They know how to use it, they want it, and we're going to get it".

During a USA budget committee meeting on Tuesday, Mulvaney spoke about the 2019 budget, which seeks to increase military spending, fund the border wall, and slash entitlements.

That said, state and local governments, along with many related associations, rallied around a proposal to improve the country's aging and often poorly maintained infrastructure. Republican Florida Representative Carlos Curbelo said that while he is "encouraged by his prioritizing of our national infrastructure", the exact amount of spending "still needs to be negotiated and studied". "They are not spending floors".

Trump has talked repeatedly about spending $1 trillion on infrastructure projects in the US, but he has previously only committed $200 million of federal money for the proposed bill.

Trump's previous budget was criticised for recommending cuts to spending to achieve deficit reduction that ultimately even members of his own Republican Party thought were untenable.

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But White House budget proposals are an important signal of the administration's priorities, with deficits forecast to peak at almost US$1 trillion in 2020 and drive up the federal debt by a stunning 61 percent over 2017 levels by 2028.

"The president's budget is always a list of pretty good suggestions".

But he said the new White House proposal does not mean that all of the money approved by Congress must be spent.

"The Trump budget introduced today is morally bankrupt and bad economic policy".

Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the border wall, which the Mexican government has insisted it will not do.

"No one can say the president doesn't take this seriously".

Indeed, Trump's hoped-for $200 billion would be almost offset by reductions he proposes in his budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

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