Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 56% said they would reduce such funding. But they also credit the Trump administration with at least trying to get things into balance, and welcome the bullish attitude on the economy. The president wants to cut the USAID budget by 30 percent.
Essentially, the tax cuts would need to earn $4 trillion, not $2 trillion, to come close to balancing.
Mnuchin has urged lawmakers to move quickly to remove investor doubt about any potential default. The tax gap in 2016 was $486 billion - out of the expected revenue from income and corporate taxes of roughly $1.9 trillion.
The new provisions would allow states to permit insurance companies to increase premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions and waive the federal "essential health benefits" requirement.
This is a budget created to reduce dependence on the government, as Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the spending plans Tuesday. It hinges on the country achieving 3% annual growth, but most economists say this is unlikely for the US.
"And what's the result of more spending, more regulation and slower economic growth?" However, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney disputes any suggestion that the budget will not will take care of people in need.
Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that "receipts now are coming a little bit slower than expected". Democrats were also about twice as likely as Republicans (15% to 7%) to say they would decrease spending for "anti-terrorism defenses in the U.S".
Donald Trump won the United States election by taking the populist path, blaming "elites" and vested interests in the Washington "swamp" for all the ills that afflict the American economy and, perhaps, the American psyche.
The debt vote is sure to be hard for Republicans controlling Congress, most of whom voted against debt limit increases during former President Barack Obama's tenure.
The budget also slashes funding for other low-income assistance programs, the State Department, global aid and the Department of Education. Both sides are preoccupied with coming together on tax reform legislation, which the White House still believes can be completed by the end of the year, and a continuing budget resolution to set discretionary spending caps and fund the government. Clark replied, "I am shocked". States would receive significantly lower overall payments from the federal government, and Washington would no longer match state spending on coverage for kids whose families make more than two-and-a-half times the federal poverty level, about $51,000 for a family of three.
Mulvaney's chief critic at Wednesday's hearing was conservative Rep. She said that's "cruel", "heartless" and "inhumane". The Trump administration wants to cut $2.5bn from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - almost one-third of its budget.
Mulvaney also noted the White House budget didn't cut Meals On Wheels, taking Sen.
Mulvaney is the driving force behind the Trump budget plan, winning the president's approval for big cuts to benefit programs whose budgets are essentially on autopilot.
Although it is not expected to survive on Capitol Hill, the proposal puts numbers on Trump's vision of a government that radically cuts assistance to lower-income Americans.