Trump's budget sheds light on plans for welfare reform

Trump's budget sheds light on plans for welfare reform

Efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, local medical researchers and the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station appear to be among the Western New York winners in the spending plan.

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.

Rep. Andy Harris, a member of the House Appropriations Committee who has supported the bay program, applauded the document. "He was looking at all the options", Inhofe said.

Other local lawmakers had even harsher words for Trump's budget.

The congressional budget deal that lifted spending caps known as the "sequester" that Congress imposed in 2011 seems to already be making a difference.

"This is an anti-urban agenda", he said. "We need $1 trillion in direct federal spending to rebuild our infrastructure".

“At its core the proposal plans to steamroll as many projects to get to yes as fast as possible whether or not there is a robust environmental review, ” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director of the Center for Biological Diversity.

That's especially important for the state's large research entities, including the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, which receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grant money every year. The Trump administration aims to privatize the orbiting lab by 2025, redirecting billions it would save toward a lunar exploration program.

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• Wyatts Law gets committee vote. Retirement benefits would remain mostly untouched, as Trump has pledged, though Medicare providers would absorb about $500 billion in cuts - a almost 6 percent reduction. Insurers and medical professionals are sure to object, though, and argue that patients would obviously somehow suffer if spending were to be cut so deeply.

While Trump promised during his presidential run not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, he continues to propose changes to those programs.

IFM Investors recently raised US$1.7bn for its global infrastructure fund. More details could be coming this week, he suggested. But Congress refused to agree to end the program previous year, and lawmakers have long resisted repeated attempts by presidents of both parties to cut the program.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Funded at $300 million this year, Trump would cut that to $30 million.

What Congress finally passes, may be much different than Trump's proposal. This, Trump believes, will reduce cost and improve the quality of the food. Congress has trimmed funding for the program over the years, but it still brings about $21 million annually to the Buffalo metro area.

In keeping with another Trump campaign promise, the budget provides for $200 billion in federal funds meant to spur $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments with state, local and private partners over the next 10 years - an ambitious program that will have to be approved by Congress. The White House hopes those funds would spur another $1.5 trillion in spending when combined with state, local and private funds.

The war on opioids: Trump wants to add another $13 billion to federal efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, which claimed an estimated 316 lives in Erie County a year ago.

That's far in excess of the $6 billion increase Congress approved as part of its budget bill last week, and it's unclear whether Congress will want to add another boost in funding.

Trump took to Twitter earlier this week saying, "After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR country!" Under Trump's proposed new infrastructure incentives, the federal government would pick up 10% to 20% of a project's cost instead of the federal government's traditional 80% share. The project is so expensive because it involves tearing down two old buildings, conducting an environmental impact study and then building a new facility.

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