Budget director gets heat over Trump's proposals

But the budget does feature a major domestic initiative - a six-week paid parental leave program headed by Ivanka Trump that would be designed and financed by the states through cuts to unemployment insurance, at a projected cost of $25 billion over the next 10 years.

The budget sought USD 1.5 trillion in nondefense discretionary cuts and USD 1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade, while adding almost half a trillion dollars to defense spending, reports the Hill. Speaking with reporters, he called Trump's budget a "recommendation" that "will not be determinative of what happens here".

They point in a direction supported by many of Mr. Trump's followers, but practical politics will likely restore numerous cuts and lead to increases in Mr. Trump's spending plan.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, bedrock Republican states that Trump won have long food-stamp rolls: 3.8 million people in Texas, 682,077 in Vice President Mike Pence's home state of in, 815,000 in Alabama and 1.6 million in Georgia, for example.

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.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the bookkeeping maneuvers Mnuchin can use will be exhausted by sometime in the fall. Even ideological conservatives are likely to blanche at the political fallout of supporting such spending cuts.

"We are talking about half the births in the United States, 30 million children, and half of all nursing home and long-term care nationwide for senior citizens and people with disabilities", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., citing Medicaid's extensive reach. There's little appetite among Capitol Hill Republicans for a genuine effort to balance the budget; GOP lawmakers this year are instead pressing to rewrite the tax code and forge a spending deal with Democrats that would permit higher military spending.

Golden argues that, rather than discourage work, government support - such a food aid and health care - can encourage people to seek and keep jobs by helping them to stabilize their lives. CHIP covers the children of working people whose incomes are slightly above the level for eligibility for Medicaid, but still far too low to be able to afford coverage on the private insurance market.

-Farmers: The budget plan would cut farm subsidies by $38 billion over the next decade.

"For example, I do not support proposed cuts to National Institutes of Health".

In fact, the president's spending priorities would not slash the safety net, says Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, but rather would remove poorer Americans from programs that "encourage people not to work". It's up to Congress to decide which cuts benefit Americans.

Trump's budget assumes the Republican health care bill becomes law.

Mr. Trump has stuck nonetheless to this snake oil sales pitch in spite of warning from the likes of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget that his ideas would only inflate the national debt by trillions.

Cole, a close ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., got dire.

But Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, welcomed the budget, saying "the previous administration failed to protect Americans, by allowing the US military to deteriorate and failing to protect our border".

It's important to note that the budget proposal is largely a presidential wish list. Without that growth, he warned, it will become increasingly hard to cut budget deficits.

"I wish I could take that clip of de Blasio, just show it to politicians as an example of why people don't take us seriously", Mulvaney said.

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