The biggest broken promises of President Trump's proposed budget
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 20:10
Funding for Medicaid, the health care program for low-income and disabled Americans, would be cut by more than 800 billion USA dollar over 10 years, while the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides benefits to about 44 million people, would be cut by about 193 billion dollars, according to the budget.
"President Trump's FY18 budget seeks to cut $4.3 trillion over 10 years from programs that support our most vulnerable and at the same time cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans".
And analyses of his prior tax proposals and his latest tax reform outline find that his ideas would result in big, expensive tax cuts, the direct benefits of which would flow disproportionately to the highest income Americans.
The bill sent to Congress on Tuesday, according to the White House, would change the way the federal government reimburses for Medicaid, or MassHealth, by forcing states to choose between a per capita cap or a block grant, and gives states more flexibility to design health plans to fit their populations.
It would bar people who are not legally authorized to work in the United States from receiving an earned income tax credit or child care tax credit, saving an estimated $40 billion.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says the budget cuts Social Security Disability Insurance and would trim the National Institutes of Health budget by almost 20 percent. They say the Trump plan is unrealistic, because it calls for cuts in job training and other programs that would assist people in getting jobs.
The federal budget should be tighter, and we do need to reduce the deficit. The administration would also cut the overall National Institutes of Health budget from $31.8 billion to $26 billion. "The NIH is an enormous source of inquiry and discovery, not just for this community, but for this country and for this world". Ryan says "we can finally turn the page on the Obama era of bloated budgets that never balance". "It's wrong. If a central policy is tax cuts, you should include tax cuts in your budget and account for them". Some called Trump's budget dead-on-arrival, while several Democrats called it "cruel".
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are also testifying before House panels.
Mulvaney said Tuesday that the rest of the money will go to funding infrastructure like roads and lighting that's needed for the project, as well as technology.
GOP Rep. Fred Upton of MI, a senior lawmaker, said border security is important, but questioned the need for $1.6 billion to be spent on Trump's border wall.
"I think we're way over in the number of people who have been able to qualify for food stamps", said John Carter, who represents a central Texas district. "So often in Washington I think we look only on the recipient side: How does the budget affect those who either receive or don't receive benefits?"
Administration officials say they want to tighten work requirements to get millions of people off government support programs and back into the labor force, saying that will help them achieve their ambitious goal of boosting economic growth on a sustained basis to 3 percent annual gains.
Sen. Edward Markey quickly rapped Trump's proposal.
"We need people to go to work", he said Tuesday.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
"The President's budget reveals his evident belief that the economic dignity of working men and women is expendable".
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. Democrats in Sacramento said they can't replace all of the federal cuts in the coming year's state budget, but they do hope to mitigate the impact of the most severe reductions.
Like his predecessors, for instance, Trump proposes cutting the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which aids state prisons and county jails burdened by the unauthorized immigrant population. The U.S. economic growth will average about only 1.9 percent over the next 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.