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Congress, controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, may reject some or numerous cuts to the U.S. State Department and Agency for International Development (USAID) budgets, which pay for everything from maintaining America's diplomatic corps to fighting poverty, promoting human rights and improving health in foreign nations.

The budget also proposes to stop funding agencies like the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency that are created to help American exporters compete in foreign markets.

The budget would also change some military spending from grants to loans, which must be paid back by the recipient.

Meanwhile, officials are grappling with other possible changes from a Trump administration.

Not everything is rosy, of course. "There's a certain vindictiveness to it that I never saw in the Reagan budget".

"The budget blueprint issued today by President Trump includes incredibly harmful reductions to education, environmental protection, housing, health care, job training and economic development programs", Inslee said in a written statement.

President Trump's first budget is an attempt to reshape the federal government in his own image - crass, bellicose, short-sighted, unserious and ultimately hollow.

Also proposed for elimination of federal funding are Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which could affect several publicly funded radio and TV stations in New Jersey, and the Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal assistance to the poor.

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Nonetheless, advocates say, it's too early to tell what that might mean given the limited information in the skinny budget. "Again, you will see no reference to Social Security here, no reference to Medicare here, no reference to Medicaid here, or any of the other mandatory programs, what some people call entitlement programs, because that's not what this budget is". Trump has added a twist to this theme by exempting Social Security and Medicare, but those programs may be targeted later.

The draft proposal is silent on some agencies, like the National Science Foundation (NSF), but the budget in its entirety is a dramatic departure from previous spending patterns.

The budget does, however, leave programs related to nuclear arms intact.

Or, as Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said, "This is a hard power budget, not a soft power budget". "President Trump is not making anyone more secure with a budget that hollows out our economy and endangers working families", she said.

These cuts and others will essentially help offset a 9 percent, $58 billion, increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall Trump continues to insist Mexico will pay for and school voucher programs. Ultimately, Democrats and Republicans in Congress will have to come to a compromise, and passing defense increases has been tough for Republican presidents. "We're not spending money on that anymore", Mulvaney said.

President Bush "would often cave" to Democratic pressure that increases to defense spending have to be matched in domestic programs, Edwards said.

The result is that the proposed budget will likely look very different from the one that passes.

One can only hope that Congress can find a way - or at least the compassion- to say no to Trump's absurd and inhuman budget blueprint.


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