Budget Defenders Traverse Hill, Meet Resistance, Doubt

Budget defenders traverse Hill, meet resistance, doubt

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies and food stamps.
A day after the budget’s release, a handful of senior administration officials fanned out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, facing tough questions from Democrats opposed to the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year and from Republicans skeptical about the administration’s math.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, gave Republicans the unwelcome news that they may have to cast a vote on increasing the government’s borrowing authority before …

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