Some GOP Lawmakers Really Don't Like Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts

Sanford went on to call the 3 percent projection a "Goldilocks economy, and I think that's a very hard thing to base a budget".

Speaking Wednesday to the House Budget Committee, Mulvaney called Trump's budget plan a "moral" document that puts "taxpayers first".

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., laced into the budget, saying it was based on fanciful economic predictions of high growth rates but low inflation and bond yields that would make managing the government's $20 trillion debt less costly.

This aligns with Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S. Trump tweeted in April that the wall was still part of his plans, and that he still intends to have Mexico pay. What they have not found is evidence of growth effects amounting to 100 percent of forgone revenue, i.e. the holy grail of "self-financing tax cuts".

"This budget presumes a Goldilocks economy" that never goes into recession, Sanford said.

"It appears to be the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in the almost 40 years I have been tracking them", he wrote on his blog.

Mulvaney graduated from Charlotte Catholic High School and Georgetown University, a prestigious school run by Jesuits, an order of Catholic priests that's also known as the Society of Jesus.

Or "the least of these", as Jesus referred to society's most vulnerable members in the New Testament.

Craig Gundersen, an agriculture professor at the University of IL who has been studying SNAP for 20 years, said it was misleading for Mulvaney to characterize SNAP participants and taxpayers as mutually exclusive groups given that the average length of time a SNAP participant is on the program is about 10 months.

That's not to mention the president's 2015 promise: "I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid", he said.

-The Poor: Trump's budget would slash Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program by $616 billion over the next decade. Another $72 billion over 10 years would come from Social Security's disability insurance program, including $50 billion in savings achieved by helping recipients obtain jobs and get off the program.

A president's budget proposal is just that - a proposal. "We need people to go to work", he said.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) asked Perdue at a hearing why he'd said last week that he didn't favor cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is overseen by Perdue's agency, given that the Trump budget cuts the program.

The proposed budget will increase military spending by 10 percent and includes $1.6 billion for the beginning of the U.S. (Congress, after all, does the appropriating.) In this case, the political ideology is reflected in major cuts to anti-poverty programs and the social safety net, all in the name of not "discourag [ing] able-bodied adults from working".

But many conservatives, including some Catholic lawmakers, have applauded the idea of cutting such programs in the interest of reducing the deficit and spurring economic growth, which could bring in more revenue.

From Europe where he is attending a world health conference, HHS Secretary Tom Price released a statement that said the budget "outlines a clear path toward fiscal responsibility by creating efficiencies that both improve services and save money". He says the report will likely show "the same grave consequences" as earlier analyses by the nonpartisan budget office.

"No they (won't). We are not going to kick any deserving person off any meaningful program".

Many Republicans, too, have been wary to overhaul food stamps, even as participation has more than doubled. Mulvaney asked. "What about their stand- who's going to pay the bill, Congressman?"

Trump's budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including a cut in government help for purchasing popular crop insurance policies.

But other Catholic groups echoed the concerns of the country's conference of Catholic bishops. Two weeks ago, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey with little to no heads-up to GOP leaders, some of whom were left struggling to explain, much less defend, the president's decision. What President Donald Trump wants to do is merely slow the growth of Medicaid spending, he said. Even when the Democrats controlled the Senate in 2012, every single senator but one voted against President Barack Obama's budget for that year.

The Associated Press and William Douglas of the McClatchy Washington Bureau contributed.

  • Joanne Flowers