Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 12:14
President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Congress a $4.1 trillion federal spending plan that promises faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade.
The proposed budget also includes cuts to Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, by more than $600 billion over 10 years.
But it also proposes more spending in several areas. Trump's budget would cause disproportionate pain in the rural communities he promised to help - including those in Southern and Southwest Virginia and the Valley - by eliminating the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration, and clean coal research that could help revitalize Southwest Virginia's economy.
Titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness", the budget seeks Dollars 1.5 trillion in non-defence discretionary cuts and USD 1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade.
But their policy agenda has stalled as the White House grapples with the political fallout from Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey whose agency is probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
Why it matters: Some administration officials are unhappy House GOP leadership continues to push for a policy that neither Mnuchin nor Trump will support.
The budget increases funding to address violent crime and reduces opioid abuse; and puts America first by keeping more of America's hard-earned tax dollars here at home, Trump said. The budget says the US government will collect $328 billion in estate and gift taxes over the next decade, but it also says Trump will eliminate the estate tax.
Every presidential budget is merely an administration's statement of priorities, and there is never any expectation it will survive Congress intact. "'One of the big ticket items is I want more money for defense, I want more money for border security'".
Many rank-and-file Republicans recoiled from the cuts, however, which would squeeze foreign aid and domestic programs funded annually by Congress by about 10 percent next year and $1.4 trillion over the coming decade. It also seeks to cut $95 billion from the Highway Trust Fund, which provides money for road construction projects across the country.
"We need folks to work", Mulvaney said.
The budget assumes that annual economic growth accelerates from 1.6 percent previous year to 3 percent by 2021, and remains at that level for the rest of the decade. The budget, released Tuesday, requests $2.6 billion for border security - which Mulvaney said includes funding for new wall, land acquisition and replacement wall. He said, if elected, he would "save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without cuts".
The Trump administration does propose $1.8 billion for a Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Train and Equip Fund - a continuation of three accounts consolidated in the 2017 budget Congress passed earlier this month. Instead, the US taxpayer will foot the bill.
Trump's proposed budget is an attempt to make good on campaign promises the businessman-turned-politician made throughout 2016, when he fired up crowds by pledging to cut government waste, remake the way government interacts with Americans and cut politically unpopular programs. "I've got one of the poorest districts in the country, with lots of Medicaid recipients as well as other programs".
In an emailed statement to FierceHealthcare, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), which represents almost 3,000 local health departments, said that if the CDC cuts were enacted, it would "negatively impact the health and safety of communities across the country".