Budget proposal will focus on spending cuts

Daily News Article - February 24, 2017


1. a) What does President Trump say is the main focus of his budget plan?
b) What is purpose of this focus?

2. A president gives an annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, however, as he has only been in office for a month in his first year, it is just an address to a joint session of Congress. President Trump will address Congress (and the American people) next Tuesday, February 28. What three major legislative proposals will he present in that address?

3. The White House said President Trump was aiming to release his budget blueprint by mid-March, but it will only be a framework, and not a full plan. Why is this so?

4. When speaking to reporters before his budget meeting on Wednesday, what did President Trump promise his plan will do?

5. a) What federal programs could potentially be cut under Trump’s plan?
b) To reduce government debt, conservatives favor cutting spending; progressives favor increasing taxes. Ask a parent: with whom do you agree? Why?

6. a) What duty did President Trump say his administration has to taxpayers?
b) What is your reaction to this? (optimistic? pessimistic?) Explain your answer.
c) Ask a parent the same question. Discuss your answers.

CHALLENGE: Watch President Trump’s address to Congress and the nation on February 28th.