Trump's first budget draws praise, pans from Arizona lawmakers
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:32
But he drew rebukes, even from some Republican allies, for the plan's jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net for the poor and a broad swath of other domestic programs. It's really out of control at the federal level, but what I am saying is, if they cut medicaid funding, then we have to cut at the state level because most of the funding comes from the feds, but I will do everything possible to keep medicaid coverage for the disabled, for single moms and for children. It's not OK that seniors, who are overly represented in the top income quintile, require younger and poorer Americans to transfer massive amounts of money to them through these insolvent programs.
But, women, in particular, would suffer a great deal if this budget passes.
Trump's budget holds true to his campaign pledge to leave Medicare and Social Security pension benefits alone and contains spending increases for the military and veterans, but it treats most of the rest of the government as fair game.
That is not the only problem with President Trump's $4.1tr federal budget, according to analysts on both sides of the political divide. That's because the proposal is dead on arrival on Capitol Hill.
In March, there was an enormous outcry to President Donald Trump's budget blueprints that called for a 19 percent cut to NIH, among other healthcare spending proposals. In a list compiled by the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, three states among those that have the highest percentage of recipients are strongly Republican - Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia.
This is because women make up the majority of Medicaid's beneficiaries (53 percent).
"It's a unsafe plan that would raise the number of uninsured Americans, take food out of the mouths of hungry children, and drive more families into poverty", Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said in a statement Tuesday.
Trump's budget is a direct attack on reproductive rights.. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have criticised the size of the cuts to the State Department and US Agency for International Development.
Donald Trump won the USA election by taking the populist path, blaming "elites" and vested interests in the Washington "swamp" for all the ills that afflict the American economy and, perhaps, the American psyche. "Instead of investing in our communities so they can create jobs, combat the opioid epidemic, upgrade their infrastructure, and protect our clean water, this budget will leave our towns and cities scrambling to support working Ohioans".
-Young Workers: By not addressing Social Security or Medicare benefits for retirees, Trump's budget increases the likelihood that young workers will eventually face either significant benefit cuts or big tax increases.
Women with student loans who are nurses, teachers, public defenders, or law enforcement officers would also be hit hard by this bill. Certainly not rural Americans, who will see critical rural cooperative and manufacturing programs completely eliminated and deep cuts to economic development partnerships such as the Appalachian Regional Commission.
"The future of our country, our economy and our currency is at stake and the federal government must discontinue deficit spending that adds to the already terrifying $20 trillion national debt", Roae said.