The Trump budget is a wake-up call for Republicans

Presidents' budgets are suggestions, road maps, grand ideas.

-The elderly: Trump's budget plan does not address Social Security or Medicare benefits for retirees, even though both programs are on track to become insolvent in the coming decades.

-The Disabled: Trump's budget calls for cutting Social Security disability benefits by almost $70 billion over the next decade by encouraging and, in some cases, requiring people receiving the benefits to re-enter the workforce. Around the same time, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to hear from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the budget and tax policy changes.

"Instead of keeping his promises, this budget is further evidence that President Trump has fully embraced the agenda of far right congressional Republicans, which prioritizes tax cuts for those at the very top above all else".

Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney insists the administration's spending plans won't cut Medicaid money.

The president does not touch the third rail of entitlement programs - Social Security and Medicare - but does cut $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. Numerous steep cuts in programs for low-income Americans mimic reductions passed before by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

The president produces a budget as reckless as his campaign promises, if not more so. John McCain, R-Arizona, called the budget "dead on arrival", and Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, predicted that foreign aid cuts in the budget "will not stand" and called other cuts "draconian, careless and counterproductive".

Mulvaney added: "We don't want to measure compassion by the number of programs we have and the number of people on them - true compassion is the number of people we want to try to get off of those programs and get back in charge of their own lives".

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

Another sign of fiscal fraud: the budget's blithe assumption that we will hit 3 percent annual GDP growth over an extended period.

All $880 billion in Medicaid cuts included in the Republican health plan that has passed the House, plus $610 billion in additional cuts due to adopting an even stingier formula for increasing Medicaid funding year over year.

Similarly, Rep. Mark Sanford, R-South Carolina said, "I'm not seeing how you get there mathematically".

"This defense funding is vital to rebuilding, modernizing, and preparing our Armed Forces for the future so that our military remains the world's preeminent fighting force and we can continue to ensure peace through strength", the opening letter says.

"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.

Pramilla Jayapal of Washington told Mulvaney that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programs are "astonishing and frankly immoral". Many who did business with Trump learned the hard way not to trust anything he said.

The welfare portion of Mr. Trump's proposal would give states increased authority to impose work requirements and eligibility restrictions for welfare programs, and his budget would slash an estimated $274 billion from anti-poverty programs over 10 years, according to CBS.

"The Medicaid cuts being proposed by Republicans and Donald Trump are not only unconscionable but also represent a monumental lie to all of America - particularly Trump voters - who were told that Medicaid cuts would not happen if he was elected", he said in a statement.

Lowey said she anxious that Kelly didn't fully understand how important that money is to local jurisdictions, including New York City.

  • Larry Hoffman