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White House releases infrastructure proposal

White House releases infrastructure proposal

Democrats widely rejected the plan.

The White House declined comment on the president's discussions during the closed-door portions of the meeting.

The administration's new budget showed a dramatic increase in deficits over the 10-year budget window, mainly a reflection of the impact of the $1.5 trillion tax cut approved in December.

Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. Congress would have to go along, which makes Trumps' no-tax, debt-free proposal an exercise in magical thinking. Our infrastructure will remain compromised as long Congress remains compromised.

"These are spending caps", Mulvaney said.

The initiative is part of a budget plan Trump sent on Monday to the Congress for approval - a total of 4.4 trillion dollars in the 2019 fiscal year - which increases military spending and cuts spending in social programs.

"We took care of the military like it's never been taken care of before", Trump said Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled a massive $1.5 trillion plan to modernise America's infrastructure including $200 billion in federal funding.

"We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land".

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But conservatives in the South are furious at the initiative, accusing President Moon Jae-in of being a North Korean sympathiser. He also gave "important instructions" on how to "liven up" the "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue".

But only $200 billion of the $1.5 trillion would come from federal money.

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

The majority of the $50 billion in funding would be block-granted to states, which the Trump administration said would give "states the flexibility to prioritize their communities' needs".

The budget request is being unveiled along with an infrastructure initiative created to rebuild what a White House fact sheet calls the nation's "crumbling infrastructure".

But the infrastructure proposal's fate is uncertain.

The proposal, which is likely to be criticized by lawmakers, includes $200 billion for infrastructure spending, more than $23 billion for border security and $716 billion in spending on military programs and for maintaining the USA nuclear arsenal.

"To my surprise, President Trump, today in our meeting, offered his support for raising the gas and diesel tax by 25 cents a gallon and dedicating that money to improve our roads, highways, and bridges", Carper, a Democrat who has advocated for the increase, said in a statement.

The proposal also includes $23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement, including $18 billion for a wall along the frontier with Mexico.


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