Trump's budget slashes billions in Medicaid, CHIP funding

That would require sustained, deep spending cuts to almost domestic agency of the government - and Congress already rejected all of Trump's proposed cuts for fiscal 2017 when it passed an omnibus spending bill earlier this month. "This is kind of the game", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.).

Mulvaney defended the budget in a Tuesday press conference, saying that he's "aware of the criticisms and would simply come back and say there's other places where we were probably overly conservative in our accounting".

Many rank-and-file Republicans recoiled from the cuts, however, which would squeeze foreign aid and domestic programmes funded annually by Congress by about 10% next year and 1.4 trillion United States dollars £1.1 trillion) (over the coming decade.

Unveiled on Tuesday, the budget proposes deep cuts to welfare programs. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, asked if he's concerned about the message sent by slashing the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. In addition to this magic asterisk of unspecified cuts, the president's budget singles out cuts to some particular programs and agencies, notably the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

One House Budget Committee member, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney that Trump's proposed cuts to medical research are "penny-wise and pound-foolish" - and then excused himself to preside over DeVos' testimony. The effect on those constituents would be quickly felt.

Mr Mulvaney's appearance was one of four on Wednesday as Trump Cabinet officials fanned out on Capitol Hill to defend Mr Trump's budget.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday they've heard lots of economists tell them why the numbers aren't going to work out, but that they're committed to have policies that will get them there.

During the campaign, Trump attacked the weak economic growth of the Barack Obama years, and pledged that his economic program would boost growth from the lackluster 2 percent rates seen since recovery began in mid-2009.

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Those are the values and priorities in Donald Trump's first budget as president.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is pleased the budget projects a balance and says he's never encountered a presidential budget that people didn't declare "dead on arrival".

GOP senators are balking at President Trump's proposed steep cuts to the nation's healthcare system for the poor, worrying that it could leave millions without health plans. But few issues will earn their ire more than cuts deriving from the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, as put into motion by the House-approved American Health Care Act. Combined, Trump and House Republicans have proposed slashing $1.4 trillion from Medicaid.

Trump has sought to negotiate with Democrats on infrastructure spending and touted a $1 trillion investment.

But the blueprint reflects the administration's plan to "reform Medicaid" to the tune of $610 billion in savings over a decade.

Mulvaney's comments fall squarely in the deficit hawk tradition of caring more about the unborn than kids who are actually alive.

Instead of lifting them up with this budget, though, the Trump administration is going to drag the rest of the country down with them. Ron Wyden of OR, ranking Democrat on the committee that oversees health care financing.

  • Zachary Reyes