Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget


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 USA dollars £1.1 trillion) (over the coming decade. And it's where those cuts are coming from that has some lawmakers anxious.

"President Trump's proposed budget would be nothing short of a disaster for New York City and our country", Maloney said.

"We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs", Mulvaney said Monday as he rolled out the budget proposal.

The plan claims it would help balance the budget within 10 years - in large part by rolling back benefits that have helped tens of millions of lower-income people, including many of those who helped send Donald Trump to the White House.

As the White House presents its first full budget (segments were released earlier), this is worth emphasizing.

"So the budget was built on, what is the administration's economic plans, and economic numbers which we've talked about, which are getting to 3 percent growth".

"To most people, plain language, slashing Medicaid would mean we spend less next year than we did this year". From Europe where he is attending a world health conference, HHS Secretary Tom Price released a statement that said the budget "outlines a clear path toward fiscal responsibility by creating efficiencies that both improve services and save money". He said the government should show "compassion" for low-income Americans, but it should "also. have compassion for folks who are paying [for] it". The federal work-study program gets slashed in half.

Former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Alice Rivlin argued that Trump's budget is "optimistic".

But there is no question the proposed budget favors the wealthy over the poor.

But to some experts, Trump's budget looks more like a cost shift from the federal government to the states and to people now benefiting from coverage expansions in the Obama years.

"This is not to mention the $6 billion cuts to federally funded medical research, an essential investment to finding cures for the most devastating diseases". "We are fast approaching having publicly held debt at or exceeding 100 percent of our Gross Domestic Product, a point at which hopes for a more prosperous future are irrevocably lost". Trump's plan calls for an additional $25 billion in defense spending for next fiscal year, following a similar bump in the current budget.

Another problem with the Trump budget is that it's based on the assumption that the economy will achieve sustained growth at a rate of 3 percent.

Congress must act to increase the debt limit to avert a first-ever, economy-rattling default on US obligations like bond payments. The food stamp program also would be cut, with millions of people dropping off of the rolls of this life-saving program that many families rely on to feed their children. Tax cuts would primarily benefit the affluent. In agriculture, the proposed budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, a move already attacked by farm state lawmakers.

It proposes more spending in several areas.

At the same time, the blueprint boosts spending for the military by tens of billions and calls for $1.6 billion for a border wall with Mexico that Trump repeatedly promised voters the US neighbor would finance. It includes a big increase for the Pentagon, but would squeeze foreign aid and domestic programs funded annually by Congress by about 10 percent next year and $1.4 trillion over the coming decade.

"We have borrowed from our children and their future for too long, the devastating consequences of which can not be overstated", it says.

"Basically dead on arrival", opined the Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas.

Scott Peters. "Even with the boost in defense spending - which I support - this budget is a bad deal for San Diego". The policy vision it embodied was too upside-down, apparently, even for the conservative Republican majority.



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