Trump's health care budget means deep cuts for safety net

Posted May 27, 2017

President Donald Trump sent Congress his proposed $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on...

Mr Mulvaney's appearance was one of four planned for Wednesday as Trump Cabinet officials fanned out on Capitol Hill to defend the president's budget, which contains jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programmes.

The plan, Trump's first as president, combines 4.1 trillion United States dollars (£3.2 trillion) for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year with a promise to bring the budget back into balance in 10 years, relying on aggressive spending cuts, a surge in economic growth - and a two trillion U.S. dollars-plus accounting gimmick. It is a despicable way to try to excuse a heartless, cruel budget clearly created to somehow keep campaign promises no matter what. The budget takes $616 billion out of the planned expansion for Medicaid, $193 billion out of food stamps, and $143 billion from student financial aid.

"Among the litter of broken promises already dispersed en masse by this tragically inexperienced administration, perhaps most egregious are the violations within the document that was just released". Mexico emphatically rejects that notion.

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Despite the bleak outlook offered by Democrats and anti-Trump political pundits who oppose nearly any spending cuts, the fact remains that Republicans must take ownership of this budget and follow through on years of promises to make the "tough choices" that so many of our representatives in Congress campaigned on.

"We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs", said Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget Director. It would also force some people on Social Security's disability program back into the workforce.

"We're not kicking anyone off of any program who really needs it", Mulvaney said at a press briefing Tuesday. "They're not mere shavings, they're deep, deep cuts".

"While the President's budget proposal is a statement of priorities for his administration, the ultimate responsibility for passing a budget and funding the government rests with Congress", Toomey said.

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Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that he went "line by line" through the federal budget and asked "Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?" But they also credit the Trump administration with at least trying to get things into balance, and welcome the bullish attitude on the economy. "Come on. That doesn't add up".

Both safety net programs are federal-state collaborations, and such cuts would leave states with hard choices: spend more of their own money; restrict enrollment; cut benefits, or reduce payments to hospitals and doctors. President Trump's proposed budget is based on tax and spending cuts to strengthen economic growth without increasing the deficit.

Democrats aren't the only ones questioning the Trump budget's austerity. Dick Durbin of IL. He argued Trump's budget proposal favored the nation's wealthiest while cutting much-needed programs like Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, and the supplemental nutrition program known as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). -Mexican border wall. The president does make good on his promise to invest in infrastructure: $200 billion.

Funding for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act job training and employment service programs, for example, would fall 39 percent next year.

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