Trump's budget cuts children's health insurance program
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 2:25
Mulvaney, a tea party favorite who until February represented SC in the House of Representatives, got an earful not only from Democrats but also fellow Republicans over the size of the reductions President Donald Trump proposed in his $4.1 trillion 2018 budget.
That response comes across as tone deaf to lawmakers representing the states most affected by the opioid epidemic, like OH - where some 200,000 people were put on Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP is desperately trying to scrap.
Mazie Hirono denounced Trump and said she would fully condemn any proposed cuts made against Native Hawaiian educational programs, grants and opportunities for Hawaii's youth to learn about Native Hawaiian Culture.
Let's be clear about something else: the economic theory President Trump has embraced with this budget, trickle-down economics, is an abysmal failure and a fraud.
Without that sustained growth, there could be a serious fiscal shortfall caused by Trump's policies.
Schatz said in a statement that Trump's proposal would make severe cuts to domestic programs while funding tax breaks for the rich.
Senator Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Sanders, Mulvaney clash heatedly over Trump budget 5 things to watch in Montana's special election MORE (I-Vt.) and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney clashed Thursday over President Trump's budget proposal, interrupting each other and raising their voices in a Senate Budget Committee hearing.
Trump's budget keeps 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.
"What this budget does is looks them in the eye and says, 'We're not going to allow that anymore, and if we are wasting your money we are going to stop.' If it's going to somebody who shouldn't get it, we're going to stop".
"More for the military, less for the poor", "Trump's draft budget breaks the promise of the campaign with cuts worth 800 billion dollars to Medicaid" and "Trump's budget strongly strikes his own voters" are some of the headlines in US media. "But the Trump budget zeros it out completely, ends it forever".
It's important to note that the budget proposal is largely a presidential wish list. What it does is perpetuate a myth that we can go out there and balance the budget without touching entitlements. "But make no mistake - this budget is dead on arrival".
But if the Trump administration managed to do what previous administrations have been unable to do and closed the tax gap with a one-approach solution, what would that more than $400 billion cover? "I will fight tooth and nail in opposition to these risky and devastating cuts to programs Hawaii families depend on every day".
"I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid".
Democratic Representative Salud Carbaja asked the budget director how a 30 per cent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, as Mr Trump suggests, would affect future generations.
"It's a big impact", said Riley. "It will devastate rural economies and put critical programs on the chopping block". The CHIP health program covers about 7 million children, and traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support.
But people who've read the budget are blowing holes in the claim that it balances. If they can push this off, they can buy some more time if they get the growth and if they get the spending cuts now.