The good news for critics and concerned advocates in Idaho and elsewhere: The president's budget, which proposes $1 trillion in cuts to social programs over the coming decade, got a frigid reception from Congress and will not be enacted as drafted.
The reduced spending would come on top of more than $800 million in cuts that would result if the House-backed American Health Care Act were to become law, adding to the angst officials in MA were already feeling over the potential impacts of GOP-sponsored federal health reform bills.
GOP Rep. Fred Upton of MI, a senior lawmaker, said border security is important, but questioned the need for $1.6 billion to be spent on Trump's border wall. Congress will make a lot of changes - and that's normal.
The budget also slashes funding for other low-income assistance programs, the State Department, worldwide aid and the Department of Education. It would also force some people on Social Security's disability program back into the workforce.
But many other Republican lawmakers, seeing a budget they think will be tough to sell back home, greeted it warily.
Wilkins applied for food stamps Wednesday.
Another big factor contributing to the coverage loss would be cuts to Medicaid funding of at least $600 billion, as detailed in the administration's budget. In addition, states will receive "more flexibility to control costs and design individual, State-based solutions to provide better care to Medicaid beneficiaries". "But, at the same time, we have to make sure that we get to the root of their problems". White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has indicated that the budget uses a lower growth rate for the federal government's share of future Medicaid spending.
Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) was particularly hard on the numbers, telling Mulvaney, his former colleague in the South Carolina House delegation, that the budget "presumes a goldilocks economy".
The cuts in spending on entitlements programs would allow the administration to increase military spending by $54 billion, or 10 percent.
Smucker lastly asked Mulvaney what Trump's budget does to address the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, which he said is "shattering the lives of families in my district and devastating communities across the nation".
Sen. Edward Markey quickly rapped Trump's proposal.
So, yes, Medicaid spending would increase by $4.7 trillion over a decade.
Mnuchin had previously advised that the deadline to for Congress to act - and avert a first-ever default on USA obligations - was sometime in the fall. It takes food, health care, and retirement security away from children, seniors, and people with disabilities while adding funds for an ineffective border wall and tax cuts for millionaires.
Trump's budget cuts, which are only recommendations to Congress, would impose steep cuts to the education, health, agriculture, state, treasury and commerce departments, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal offices.
Department of Human Services said Trump's proposed cuts to food stamps and Medicaid would definitely change things in Shelby County. That assumption ignores how severely disabled most benefit recipients are.
More than half the states now cover children above the administration's proposed cutoff, Riley said.
"I want a job. In fact, that's Trumponomics", he said in his opening statement, arguing that the nation will never pay off its "crushing debt" unless the USA achieves a growth rate that economists across the ideological spectrum say is nearly impossible to achieve.