'Demagoguery at the Highest Level': Mulvaney Slams Dems' 'Lies' About Budget

As you might image, the Budget Committee's Democrats were scathing in their assessment of President Trump's first budget.

But the plan does cut nearly $3.6 trillion from an array of benefit programs, domestic agencies and war spending over the coming decade - an nearly 8 percent cut - including repealing former President Barack Obama's health law, cutting Medicaid, eliminating student loan subsidies, sharply slashing food stamps, and cutting $95 billion in highway formula funding for the states.

In presenting the budget, OMB Director Mulvaney did offer this assurance for those people who are getting government aid.

Mulvaney said the proposed spending plan includes no Medicaid cuts as far as "what ordinary human beings would refer to as a cut".

And Rep. Hal Rogers called the cuts to Medicaid "draconian".

A day after the budget's release, a handful of senior administration officials fanned out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, facing tough questions from Democrats opposed to the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year and Republicans skeptical about the administration's math.

His argument is that Medicaid funding will still increase in dollar terms each year during the 10-year budget window. You can't use the growth benefits of tax cuts once to justify an optimistic baseline and then again to claim that the tax cuts do not cost revenue.

"Republicans care about kids".

"This budget presumes a Goldilocks economy" that never goes into recession, Sanford said. Can you guess the last time we had an unemployment rate of 4.8 per cent, growth of three per cent and inflation held at two per cent?

"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 in his blog.

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

"We think this is extraordinarily defensible", he said. "I certainly share the goal of reducing the size and scope of the federal government, but as I continue to meet with constituents, it is apparent that many of these programs have countless benefits in our community". She said the Trump budget makes good on Republican promises to reign in federal spending.

The government runs a budget deficit because it spends more money than it brings in through revenue, and it borrows money to cover that difference by issuing debt.

"If you borrow money, if you take money from people and have no intention and no plan of ever giving it back to them, that is not debt".

In a hearing before a House panel, Kelly insisted that it made sense to cut roughly $767 million from state and local grant programs, money meant to help local authorities prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters, because the funds are no longer needed.

Lowey said she anxious that Kelly didn't fully understand how important that money is to local jurisdictions, including New York City. She cited lack of investments in education, and says the comments are especially egregious given the president's budget proposal.

  • Zachary Reyes