Trump proposes massive cuts to food stamp program
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 21:09
The cuts were part of a Republican healthcare bill passed by the House in early May, which aims to gut the Obama administration's 2010 law that expanded insurance coverage and the government-run Medicaid program.
Cuts $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next decade.
Dean noted that Trump's budget would reduce job training grants next year by more than $1 billion, and does not increase child care assistance, support many low-income families say they need to work.
Trump's $4.1 trillion proposal increases military spending by tens of billions of dollars.
Trump's balanced-budget goal depends not only on the growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations and "double counting" $2.1 trillion in revenues from economic growth - using them to both pay for tax cuts and bring down the deficit.
The food stamp program represents just 2 percent of the budget, whereas defense makes up 19 percent.
"President Trump's budget is a stark showcase of the president' s broken promises to America's hard-working families", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday in a statement.
Here's a rundown of some of the bigger line items in the budget.
Trump wants lawmakers to cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid, and more than $192 billion from food stamps over a decade.
Medicaid is now an entitlement program, which means anyone who qualifies for it receives insurance.
Well, he did what he said what he was going to do.except for the part about keeping Medicaid.Kimberly DeFalcoWhile the internet debate rages over whether First Lady Melania Trump batted her husband's hand away not once, but twice, in the past two days as their overseas diplomacy trip ensues, something that actually matters happened here at home.
At the same time, the blueprint boosts spending on the military by tens of billions and calls for $1.6 billion for a border wall with Mexico that Trump repeatedly promised voters the US neighbor would finance.
The contingency fund pays for wars and current operations in Afghanistan.
"This budget puts the administration's priorities on display".
-The Disabled: Trump's budget calls for cutting Social Security disability benefits by almost $70 billion over the next decade by encouraging and, in some cases, requiring people receiving the benefits to re-enter the workforce.
Tucked under the Infrastructure Plan, the budget said the $1 trillion will be met by a combination of "new Federal funding incentivized through non-Federal funding, and expedited projects (like Keystone XL pipeline)", with $200 billion allocated in outlays related to infrastructure initiatives.
The DOT's annual budget would drop from an estimated $79.4 billion for the 2017 fiscal year to an estimated $62.3 billion in 2022.
Right now, able-bodied adults without children or dependents have to work to receive benefits. "States would be required to provide six weeks of parental leave and the proposal gives it broad latitude to design and finance the program", stated the budget.
According to the Washington Post, the budget proposes changes to both the Federal Employee Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System that would affect retirees' benefits and payments.
States now administer SNAP with federal money, but would have to come up with an average of 10 percent of the cost by 2020 and 25 percent by 2023. States would also have the freedom to establish their own requirements for benefits, which could be more restrictive than federal requirements. He would also cut billions of dollars in public housing funds.
About 18 percent of Spokane County and 13 percent of Kootenai County households received food stamps in 2015, according to census data.
The cuts primarily target social safety net programmes while the blueprint boosts military spending. "Absolutely not. We're simply trying to get things back in order to where we can look at the folks who pay the taxes, and say, look, yeah, we want to do some climate science, but we're not going to do some of the insane stuff the previous administration did", Mulvaney said.