Senior US Republican stands by budget deal, despite Trump budget chief

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The president previously donated his salary to the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Park Service and the Education Department.

As with any White House plan the Executive Branch proposes, and Congress disposes, it will be up to Congress to make the President's bold ideas a reality. The president's plan calls for $68.4 billion to fund HHS in fiscal 2019, a 21% decrease over 2017 levels. Though, according to the report, he also addressed the urgent need to overhaul the woeful permitting process for clearing infrastructure projects.

The administration laid out an infrastructure plan on Monday that aims to turn $200 billion in federal money into $1.5 trillion by leveraging local and state tax dollars and private investment. “We gave away so much unilaterally that we really have to claw it back” from trading partners, he said.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney said the $4.4 trillion budget proposed by the White House would increase the federal deficit and would not balance the budget.

President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan isn't a plan.

The president is calling for divesting federal assets when agencies can show the sale would "optimize taxpayer value".

Other such examples of federal assets to be divested include transmission lines operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Bonneville Power Administration.

Trump is also citing two major roadways in the Washington D.C. region that could be sold: the George Washington Memorial and Baltimore-Washington parkways.

"The budget makes deep cuts that will negatively impact CDC and state and local health department's ability to do their job - which is to keep our communities healthy and safe". "Washington no longer will be a roadblock to progress". That deal was part of the budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown. "It's time for action", he said after the meeting.

A number of mayors will be attending from cities like Las Vegas, Fort Worth, Texas, Charlotte, North Carolina and Wichita, Kansas. The transportation commission last month approved its 10-year plan, minus some projects that lawmakers felt blended the state and toll money too closely, even as those projects had broad support in the Dallas and Austin areas.

The White House is releasing a 55-page "legislative outline" on the proposal, which envisions spurring $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads, highways and airports.

The president tweeted Monday that after "so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!"

Federal employee unions said they were disappointed that Trump's budget included a government-wide freeze on civilian salaries, and a requirement that government workers contribute more to their retirement.

"I think I stood here at this podium [last year] and said, 'I think this will probably be the last budget we can balance within the 10-year window, unless there's dramatic changes.' And there weren't any dramatic changes", Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney, a former tea party congressman, flubbed a response at a Senate hearing Tuesday that made it sound like he was opposed to the very budget he came to testify in favor of. Consequently, the full implementation of the program involves close association with state and local governments and the budgetary restraints, therein. The 18.4-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline has not been hiked since 1993.

Trump has expressed a desire for such a parade for years and was greatly impressed by the Bastille Day march he witnessed on a trip to Paris last year. Some $30 billion more would be reserved for existing loan programs to attract private financing, and the remaining $20 billion would target "transformative" new projects, possibly including high-speed trains such as the proposed new service between Houston and Dallas.