The proposed budget withdraws future capital investment grants from the Federal Transit Administration, which counts more than 60 current projects, and it significantly reduces funding to Amtrak.

Most prescriptive changes apply to the Environmental Protection Agency, whose budget the OMB proposes to cut by 31 percent.

“The Budget returns responsibility for funding local environmental efforts and programs to State and local entities, allowing EPA to focus on its highest national priorities,” the document said. Accordingly, the budget seeks to ax federal money funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay and other projects.

The budget cuts what it calls a “duplicative” Department of Agriculture grant program investing in water and wastewater in rural communities, and estimates the government will save $498 million by shifting investment to the private sector.

Many infrastructure programs on the chopping block were not assigned a price tag; of those that were, the government estimates it would save $2.3 billion from the existing budget bill.

President Donald Trump, in his joint address last month, called on Congress to procure $1 trillion through legislation for infrastructure, which appears to be the “package” Mulvaney was referencing, although it’s now largely believed to originate in the White House.

Eight Democrats in the Senate put forth their own $1 trillion infrastructure plan in January. The administration’s desire to cut costs as it pursues its own spending programs elsewhere has sparked criticism from some Democrats.

“Over the last few years, President Trump repeatedly promised the American people that he wanted to rebuild and replace our aging network of crumbling roads, bridges, airports, transit systems, railways, ports, and water systems,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., on Thursday. “The President’s budget, released today, guts many of those very investments—the exact opposite of what he promised.”

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