How Trump's Budget Cuts Will Devastate Low-Income Children

President Donald Trump's budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan's deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies and food stamps.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speak to the media about President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

"Given the demographic challenges that we face, there is really very little chance that we will be able to sustain 3 percent growth", said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Military spending would increase by $43 billion in fiscal year 2018.

Trump has criticized the ongoing increase in entitlements pushed by his predecessor Barack Obama during and after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, since this does not provide incentives for people to return to the labour market and contributes to an disequilibrium in the public accounts.

Trump administration officials mirror North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders in emphasizing a work requirement for receiving food stamps and other anti-poverty assistance.

"Throughout the appropriations process, Congresswoman Stefanik will fight for the needs of our district".

"We are talking about half the births in the United States, 30 million children, and half of all nursing home and long-term care nationwide for senior citizens and people with disabilities", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., citing Medicaid's extensive reach.

The former tea party congressman told the Budget Committee that he went line by line through the federal budget and asked, "Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?"

"I think that's the only way", Cornyn said of working with Democrats on spending. "The administration is relying on increased efficiency in Medicaid delivery to justify those cuts". If you are on food stamps, we need you to go to work. "They have other places to shop, and one of the ways that we build capacity with our partners is through these grants", Harrison said.

Trump's proposed budget cuts would help pay for a 10 percent buildup in defense spending for next year, and help finance a wall on the southwest border that Trump previously had promised would be paid for by Mexico, something the Mexican government has adamantly said it will not do.

Budget experts questioned numerous economic assumptions that the White House put into its plan, saying it was preposterous to claim that massive tax cuts and spending reductions will lead to a surge in economic growth.

"The proposed budget appears to be punitive, appears to target groups of people who can't lobby on their own behalf", Savage said. Tax cuts would primarily benefit the affluent.

The submission will set off months of debate in Congress. Democrats have already voiced strong opposition to the plan, and even Republicans are wary of the political dangers in Trump's draconian cuts.

Conservative- and liberal-leaning economists acknowledge there is a sizable gap in most states between the skills required for most advanced manufacturing and technology jobs and the training available to low-income individuals.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, presented the plan differently, saying they will simply not raise the budget for numerous social safety net programs over ten years.

Mulvaney dismissed criticisms from lawmakers skeptical of the proposed budget as details leaked throughout the day while the president, on his first trip overseas, toured Israel.

"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.

  • Larry Hoffman