Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) announces the 2018 budget blueprint during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to federal agencies are about to strike out in Congress again. House Republicans Tuesday unveiled a 2018 budget that ignores Trump's request for $54 billion in cuts to departments and agencies such as State and the National Institutes of Health.The GOP proposal would boost funding for the nation's defense by $72 billion, $18 billion more than Trump sought.The tax code changes wouldn't be able to be enacted without $203 billion in entitlement cuts over 10 years, though that amount hasn't been fully agreed to yet by all House Republicans.The official lauded the budget for easing passage of some entitlement cuts.While the budget measure can be adopted with a simple majority, using only Republican votes, a separate funding bill needs 60 votes in a Senate where the GOP holds 52 seats out of 100 .For Heritage Action, following through on the entitlement cuts would make the budget acceptable.As in the Trump budget, Republicans are proposing large tax-rate cuts without yet explaining how they would be enacted without adding to the deficit.
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