White House to offer balanced budget plan by mid-May - Mulvaney

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The letter said the current level of foreign assistance, which makes up 1 percent of the overall budget, has sharply cut the number of people living in extreme poverty and reduced the spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola and HIV/AIDS. Apparently, low-income families are not considered to be part of this demographic.

The budget also eliminates funding for regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, as well as Energy Star, a popular program to promote efficiency in home appliances. This is to be paid for by slashing the budgets of 12 of the 15 government departments, and by eliminating funding for 19 arm's length bodies. The budget also proposes cuts in US support for the World Bank and the United Nations, institutions that President Donald Trump's adviser Stephen Bannon has been critical of.

Pruett says Meals on Wheels Central Texas gets one third of its funding from the government. "So we save the taxpayers money, no question about it".

"It's cheaper to do foreign aid, it's cheaper to build, it's cheaper to have foreign relations in terms of diplomacy, than it is to buy a 2,000 pound atom bomb", said in an interview with ABC News.

"We've spent tens of billions of dollars over the last 30 or 40 years, for example, on development aid to Africa", he said. The federal debt now stands at $20 trillion.

"We're going to spend money. but we're not going to spend it on programs that can not show they actually deliver the promises that we've made to people".

Anti-poverty advocates insist there is evidence that not helping the poor will hurt in the long run.

Previewing the Budget, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, told press that he couldn't give any details about reductions to the federal workforce, as departments would be given "a great deal of discretion" in administering cuts.

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Steve Scalise of Louisiana, also attended the meeting and said the changes give Republicans "the best chance" to get the legislation to the Senate.

Accordingly, I submit to the Congress this Budget Blueprint to reprioritize Federal spending so that it advances the safety and security of the American people.

Yet the budget is a significant document, expressing the real preferences behind Trump's often contradictory statements during the campaign and afterward.

That's the same argument anti-poverty groups will take to Capitol Hill.

"As people of faith, we can not turn our back on those in desperate need", more than 100 Christian leaders wrote in a letter to House and Senate officials and posted Thursday (March 16) on the website of World Vision.

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While the column is clearly critical of Trump's budget plan, the White House linked to the piece on its 1600 Daily email newsletter.

Baker said the Congressional Budget Office, which predicted that as many as 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance by 2026 under the House plan, raised "serious and legitimate concerns" with the bill, and he noted that seven Senate Republicans have already said they won't support the bill as it stands, possibly dooming its chances.

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