Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 18:39
In addition to the cuts, the proposal, set to be delivered to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, also includes a boost to military spending, $25 billion over 10 years for Ivanka Trump's paid family leave proposal - six weeks for new/adoptive parents - and $1 billion for construction of a border all on the U.S. -Mexico border.
Other key aspects of the budgets expected to be released Tuesday include details on a $250 million program to study and expand school vouchers and a 50 percent increase in the federal government's block grant program for charter schools. Dozens of agricultural groups sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, asking that the administration looks somewhere other than crop insurance for possible budget cuts. The meager amounts people get on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or programs like General Relief or General Assistance (the welfare aid programs for adults without children) are not almost enough to replace income that could be had from a job.
The White House wants to balance the budget in 10 years, partly through deep cuts to social programs. "We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs", he said. "We will measure compassion and success by the number of people we get off those programs and get back in charge of their own life".
Critics call the spending blueprint "Robin Hood in reverse". Schumer said. "They've been favored by my friends across the aisle".
The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that begins October 1. White House officials also were committed to protecting military spending.
Part of the reduction would result from Trump's proposal to tighten eligibility requirements for benefits in these programs and "encourage" work.
The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins October 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting off an extended debate in which Democrats are already attacking the administration for trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. They need this safety net, " said Conaway, a Republican from Texas. "There's a dignity to work".
They said that unless Trump is able to rally broader support and win more funding for construction in another fiscal year, his plans for a "big attractive wall" that he promised during his election campaign last year may not be realised. Faster economic growth would generate trillions of dollars in additional revenue, allowing the government to balance its books by 2027.
But the White House arrives at those projections in part by using assumptions that few economists or policy experts outside the administration view as realistic.
Collectively, these cuts represent a big departure from the pro-working class image Trump cultivated on the presidential campaign trail, when he promised student loans could be forgivene after 15 years and that he would "save" Social Security and Medicare.
Trump would keep campaign pledges to leave core Medicare and Social Security benefits for the elderly alone and his cuts to domestic spending would be redirected to the Pentagon. Comey was leading a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and Moscow's possible ties to the Trump campaign.
Democrats and anti-poverty advocates decried the changes, saying that Trump is seeking to strip support for the most vulnerable Americans while cutting taxes for the wealthiest. The budget also spends $300 million on increasing the number of agents, officers, investigators, and attorneys at CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "And so when you're trying to reach balance by relying on such a tiny sliver of the budget, it's very hard to make those numbers add up".
The budget allocates $2.6 billion for improved border security, including $1.6 billion for Trump's physical wall on the Mexican border. That would mean a $1 trillion investment on infrastructure over the next decade.