Trump Team Stands by Budget's $2 Trillion Math Error

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has indicated that the budget uses a lower growth rate for the federal government's share of future Medicaid spending.

Additionally, the Republican healthcare Bill passed by the House would cap the overall federal share of Medicaid spending.

Former Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle told CNBC on Tuesday that Trump's budget is unlikely to reach its intended goal of annual three percent growth.

Mulvaney's appearance was one of four slated on Wednesday as Trump Cabinet officials fanned out on Capitol Hill to defend Trump's budget, which contains jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.

Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor and many disabled Americans, would be cut by more than $600 billion over 10 years by capping payments to states and giving governors more flexibility to manage their rosters of Medicaid recipients.

"When you say cut are you speaking Washington or regular language?"

Asking about the suggested cuts to Snap, Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee - who called the proposal "morally bankrupt", said: "How do you think people are going to survive?"

"It assumes that the stars perfectly align with regard to economic drivers", Sanford added. If Congress allows either fund to run dry, millions of Americans living on fixed incomes would face steep cuts in benefits.

Heritage Action, a conservative advocacy group, disagreed and said Trump's plan would put taxpayers first by rallying Republicans around reform for expensive safety-net programs.

"I don't know that your priorities are much different from my priorities for USDA", he told Aderholt.

Muvlaney argued that numerous proposed cuts would be applied to programs that often provided benefits to recipients whose eligibility was at times questionable.

-Veterans: The budget proposal calls for an increase for the Veterans Administration, including $29 billion over the next decade for the Choice program. Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop said the cuts "fail the test of basic human decency".

A program created to move people receiving Social Security disability payments back into enter the workforce is politically toxic as well.

"We believe that to be the case", Mulvaney said.

"If I don't have my Q and B, I don't think I can afford my secondary", McAdams said. Idaho would lose funding for special education and Title I programs for high-poverty schools.

There is little appetite among Republicans for a genuine effort to balance the budget - Republican legislators are instead pressing to rewrite the tax code and forge a spending deal with Democrats that would permit higher military spending and restore Mr Trump proposals to cut domestic agencies and foreign aid.

The plan also does not slash Meals On Wheels, said Mulvaney. Sen. "Unfortunately, the failure to address Social Security and Medicare will make it hard to truly rein in our nation's ever growing debt", said Michael A. Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action, in a press release.

"You have said that the foundation of your budget is 3% growth and I have looked every which way about how you might get there and you can't get there".

The president's budget would also roll back investments in other programs that have propped up the Heartland, like cuts to rural business programs, hospital funding, and housing and infrastructure programs. "If you are on disability and you should not be, we need you to go back to work". (The budget is so shoddily produced that budget experts and the administration have failed to agree on the actual amount of the proposed cuts.) This could be devastating for all 50 states.

  • Zachary Reyes