May 7, 2018 / 10:56 PM / 9 months ago

Trump proposes $15 billion spending cuts, targets children's health program

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on tax reform at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will request a package of $15 billion (11.06 billion pounds) in spending cuts from Congress on Tuesday, including some $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program championed by Democrats, senior administration officials said on Monday.

One official said the targeted cuts would cover “unobligated balances” or money that is not being spent. He said the cuts would not have an effect on the CHIP program itself.

More recission packages were planned. While the current request would not affect a two-year budget deal agreed between Republicans and Democrats in February. Another “large” package addressing that would be proposed later this year, he said.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by James Dalgleish

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