Nets Fear 'Deep Cuts' in Trump Budget Will 'Slash' 'Safety Net'
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 17:52
Cuts to the national food stamp program: The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, colloquially known as the food stamp program, aimed at assisting the hungry throughout the nation, would be cut by $200 billion. Chuck Schumer of NY, asserted that the Trump budget was a betrayal of the president's voters.
Congress ultimately controls the government purse strings and may reject some or numerous Trump administration's proposals.
Likewise, a 10-year, $191 billion reduction in food stamps - nearly 30 per cent - far exceeds prior proposals by Capitol Hill Republicans. Changes in SNAP alone would save $191 billion.
To make matters even worse, Trump's budget also goes after a program that has long enjoyed bipartisan support, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as it cuts approximately $6 billion from that program.
When the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) earlier this month, GOP lawmakers made it painfully clear that they meant to cut and dismantle Medicaid as we know it. Cuts to Medicaid as proposed by the AHCA would shift more than $6 billion dollars onto North Carolina state government as the proposal dismantles Medicaid's current funding structure and devolves it to a "per capita" cap or block grant.
MULVANEY: What are those, by the way - national security, border security, law enforcement, veterans, school choice, paid parental leave?
Republicans are under pressure to deliver on promised tax cuts, the cornerstone of the Trump administration's pro-business economic agenda, which would cut the business tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent, and reduce the number of personal tax brackets. The program serves about 42 million people. In 2008, there were 28 million recipients.
Economic growth is essentially dependent on two main factors - an expanded labor market and an increase in productivity. "It's going to be up to us to work through that and I dare say just after voting to plus up NIH funding in in the 21st Century Cures bill, it would be hard to get the votes to then cut it". "The only people who benefit from this proposal are the wealthy, whose taxes will be lowered on the backs of the poor and sick, and corporate polluters who will be able to act with impunity, putting profits before public health and clean water". The announcement surprised oil markets and briefly pulled down U.S. crude prices. He seeks to balance the budget by the end of the decade, according to the plan. "States that are now below this minimum standard are expected to increase their State UI taxes to build up their trust fund balances", the budget says. In states that reinstated the limit, such as Kansas and ME, many of those who had their benefits stopped were still not working a year later.
The plan will face challenges on Capitol Hill as many Democrat and Republican representatives have labeled it as the "most conservative budget" in decades.
"It's just brutal - to the very people that Donald campaigned with, and who voted for him", Schumer said. We do. There's a dignity to work, and there's a necessity to work to help the country succeed. "Then, if successful, we could look at reducing funding (for benefits)", she said.
GOP Rep. Mark Sanford of SC questioned the rosy economic projections that allow the budget to balance over a decade even without touching Social Security or Medicare. It's an effort to stop unauthorized immigrants from collecting the credits.
Trump's budget claims to put taxpayers first, but, this is a disastrously shortsighted claim. The White House calls for the Pentagon to receive $639 billion, which represents a 9 percent increase over the Obama administration's last budget, but a more modest 3 percent increase over what Obama had planned.
"(The) State (Department) still has some flexibility to come up with a final plan on that, but I do know that writ large we have proposed to move several countries from a direct grant programme to a loan guarantee programme", he said. "The basic living standards that everyone needs - enough food, health care, and housing - are shredded, not strengthened". Numerous voters who propelled Trump into the presidency last November would see significantly less from the federal government.
"We'll be taking into account what the president's recommending, but it will not be determinative in every respect", he told reporters.