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Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trn of spending over a decade in austere budget

Healthcare, food assistance programs for poor most hit; boost for military spending

Reuters  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in an austere budget that also boosts the military. Republicans who control the US Congress — and the federal purse strings — will decide whether to make politically sensitive cuts, and the proposal is unlikely to be approved in its current form. Although it is not expected to survive on Capitol Hill, the proposal puts numbers on Trump's vision of a government that radically cuts ...

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First Published: Wed, May 24 2017. 18:44 IST