Trump budget would cut $636 billion from HHS agencies

The Trump White House Monday previewed its federal budget for the next fiscal year, proposing $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade, including large reductions for major higher education programs.

Donald Trump hopes to balance the federal budget within ten years through massive reductions in spending for entitlement programs like food stamps and Medicaid. The CDC's global health programmes that monitor and respond to disease outbreaks around the world will take a 17% cut.

FDA's total program-level spending would rise by $456 million or almost 10%, to $5.116 billion, mostly due to increases in salaries and expenses; spending on programs affecting human drugs would see the largest increase of $287 million, up to $1.612 billion.

But as the Associated Press reports, a politically risky budget proposal like this one won't travel far in Congress, even one dominated by the GOP.

The budget, which has been nicknamed "The New Foundation for American Greatness" by the administration, also touts a parental leave program that was championed by Ivanka Trump and would provide six weeks of paid family leave for fathers and mothers, including those who adopt.

Childless, able-bodied adults who aren't working can only receive food stamps for a maximum of three months over a three-year period.

In order for the budget to work, Mulvaney said: "We need folks to work".

Food stamp funding would be slashed by about 25 percent, with a new work requirement imposed on some recipients.

"That assumes a pessimism about America, about the economy, about the people, about its culture that we're simply refusing to accept", Mulvaney said.

A worker chats with residents at a newly built section of the US-Mexico border fence at Sunland Park, US opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico January 26, 2017.

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.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer addressed the issue.

Trump is now overseas on his first foreign trip since assuming office in January. "It ensures that the Federal Government spends precious taxpayer dollars only on worthwhile policies, and in the most efficient, effective manner", it said. Special exemptions would be made for Israel and Egypt. That process would require a simple majority in the Senate, meaning Republicans would not need to count on any votes from Democrats. Separately, the budget would eliminate all federal support for Planned Parenthood, the health-care provider that conservatives often attack.

The overall plan from the White House is already getting panned by congressional lawmakers in both parties.

The president's absence, which his aides dismissed as a mere coincidence of the calendar, seemed to highlight the haphazard way in which his White House has approached its dealings with Congress.

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.

Republicans are under pressure to deliver promised tax cuts, the cornerstone of the Trump administration's pro-business economic agenda, and are expected to use the budget reconciliation process to achieve that goal.

While the full budget will be released and distributed to Capitol Hill lawmakers on Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney shone a light on some of the details during a call with reporters on Monday. "What he's trying to do is work with Congress, where a lot of these ideas started, and put something together". "If you want to make the political case for the budget - and the budget is ultimately a political document - you really need the president to do it".

  • Zachary Reyes