"Devolving the federal government's funding responsibility to cash-strapped states and municipalities will leave too many projects and jobs behind", said Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.
US President Donald Trump said that he is planning to level the playing field on global trade by introducing a reciprocal tax on US trade partners. The outline is always a political exercise by presidents that stands little chance of being adopted by Congress - and especially this year, since lawmakers approved a two-year spending plan last week.More news: Venezuela's Maduro orders reopening of Miami consulate before election
Earlier this year Trump directed his generals to plan a parade for later this year to showcase US military might.
Diane Yentel, the president and chief executive officer of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said her initial reactions to the budget were "shock and dismay". Tom Udall - a New Mexican who sits on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee - pronounced it "dead on arrival" and lamented cuts to clean air initiatives, Medicaid and other domestic programs.
Trump's budget also includes a number of economic forecasts and is expected to rely on estimates that the economy will keep growing at a rapid pace for the foreseeable future, which is critical to help cover the cost of the $1.5tr tax-reform bill passed by Congress in December.
Administration officials tout the infrastructure plan as part of a shift back to national priorities, with $50 billion dedicated to projects in rural areas, many of which favored Trump in the 2016 elections.More news: Better late than never as Lamichhane leads Nepal to World Cup qualifiers
It would eliminate former President Barack Obama's signature health insurance program and cut more than $200 billion in food assistance for the poor while cutting medical programs aimed at the poor and older Americans. "It's insane", Trump said. Afterward, he told reporters the USA should try to top it.
One day after rolling out a major infrastructure plan, the White House announced that Trump's fourth-quarter salary of $100,000 will go to rebuilding what Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called "our crumbling infrastructure".
Mulvaney was not breaking any news during Tuesday's budget hearing; he said the same thing Sunday on a talk show.More news: Facebook will introduce its first smart speaker by July