Mulvaney Slams Democratic 'Demagoguery' About White House Budget

The Medicaid healthcare plan for the poor is slated for about an $800 billion cut, reversing the expansion that former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, brought to Republican states like West Virginia, Arkansas and Kentucky with large populations of poor people. "We are not spending less money one year than we spent before".Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, meanwhile, sat down with CNBC's John Harwood, who asked the Trump cabinet secretary to respond to the concerns. The federal budget is no different, except in looking a decade into the future.

Over a 10-year period, Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal would reduce the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $193 billion, or 25 percent; the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program by $21 billion, or 13 percent; and the Earned Income Tax Credit by $40 billion. But the official figures (PDF) put forth by the Office of Management and Budget call for an additional $610 billion in cuts over the course of 10 years as a result of limits to Medicaid funding. It is a despicable way to try to excuse a heartless, cruel budget clearly created to somehow keep campaign promises no matter what.

This means a $639 billion for the Department of Defense-a $52 billion increase from the 2017 number.


"We're in the middle of a farm crisis with no end in sight and they look at what the president's proposing and they don't see any help", said Donn Teske, president of the Kansas Farmers Union and vice president of the National Farmers Union, to the McClatchy DC Bureau.

While this doesn't align with any of the eight pillars introduced just paragraphs above, it does align with Trump's value of the military and his support of veterans.

The plan also does not slash Meals On Wheels, said Mulvaney. Sen. U.S. census data place SC as the 10th poorest state, and it's dead last in education, according to the U.S. News and World Reports.

$2.6 billion - The amount for border security, includes $1.6 billion to "plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border".

Mulvaney said that the White House did not have a "stated policy yet" on what Congress should do about the debt ceiling. Specifically, GOPers have already made clear that they have zero appetite for pursuing the spending cuts and program terminations recommended in the administration's budget proposal.

"The Trump budget assumes hundreds of billions more in Medicaid cuts than the House bill", said Edwin Park, a health policy expert with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which advocates for low-income people. Those savings mostly come from changing the way the government doles out money to states. But the Republican budget likely to emerge will most certainly slap the poor and working families.

The crop insurance cuts can be particularly devastating to farmers during times of economic difficulty.

"If you're on food stamps, and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work". It would also force some people on Social Security's disability program back into the workforce.

Medicaid is facing even bigger cuts.

Presidential budgets should be read as statements of political ideology, not determinations for what will ultimately become law.

Funding for the National Institutes of Health would decrease by almost $6 billion in the next fiscal year.

Such cuts - which include "zeroing out" programs like community development block grants and heating aid to the poor - were ignored when Congress earlier this month wrapped up a massive spending bill for the current year. He was victorious in 991 of the 1,093 counties studied by the U.S. Census Bureau where the percentage of white households receiving food stamps exceeds the national average. "In fact, that's Trumponomics", he said in his opening statement, arguing that the nation will never pay off its "crushing debt" unless the US achieves a growth rate that economists across the ideological spectrum say is nearly impossible to achieve. It's up to Congress to decide which cuts benefit Americans.

  • Zachary Reyes