U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed hiking the federal gasoline tax by 25 cents a gallon in a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday about funding his infrastructure spending proposal, a Democratic lawmaker said.
The White House estimated that the reductions in spending on certain programs will save $600 million in government spending compared to 2017.
Trump's plan would require states and local governments to come up with a larger share of infrastructure money, reducing federal outlays.
According to a blueprint released Sunday evening, the budget includes $200 billion meant to spur more than $1 trillion dollars in infrastructure spending, $23 billion for border security, and $17 billion to combat the opioid epidemic.
"It's also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure", he said in the address in January. As evidence that he was a different kind of Republican, he promised not to cut Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that benefit poor and middle-class families.
Mulvaney told a congressional hearing that a parade is not included in the administration's budget proposal because it came up late in the planning process. 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".
On Capitol Hill, Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat, said the president's long-awaited infrastructure plan falls short. "We wouldn't have to worry about the loads shifting on us", said one driver.
"As of a couple of months ago, we have spent $7 trillion in the Middle East".
Given that the USA fiscal deficit will balloon over 1 trillion dollars next year, Republicans have been wary of another big spending measure, further reducing the possibility of passing the bill this year. "It is really up to the local entities that are involved in trying to raise the financing", she said.
The EPA bears the brunt of the domestic budget cuts proposed by President Trump.
"After many years we have taken care of our Military, now we have to fix our roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and more".
But the infrastructure proposal's fate is uncertain.
While it wasn't a total surprise, many senators said Monday afternoon they want to focus on funding the government through March before worrying about the new fiscal year. "But unfortunately, there's just not enough money in the world to pay for all the infrastructure, which is why the president's infrastructure also emphasizes the private sector".