Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military

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Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military

White House officials said the $4.1 trillion budget proposal, titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness", would eliminate the budget deficit with $3.6 trillion in cuts to spending over a period of 10 years. TANF funds also support other services in California including student financial aid, child welfare services, and community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate subcommittee responsible for diplomacy and foreign aid spending, said Trump's proposal to cut the diplomacy and aid budget by one third would "gut soft power".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offered a measured response. In fact, he distanced himself from it. "I certainly don't know too many sane Republicans who want to go home to that dynamic", he said.

"Our nation must get our fiscal house in order now, or else we may never have another opportunity, and President Trump has provided a pathway to bring our nation back from the brink of insolvency", Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government (ALG) wrote in a guest column praising Trump's budget.

The budget proposal also includes a steep cut to funding for worldwide organizations, without specifying which groups might lose their funding.

Lawrence Summers, a former economic adviser to Democratic President Barack Obama, said the Trump administration was double-counting that money by saying it would help close budget deficits while also offsetting the revenue lost by cutting tax rates.

And analyses of his prior tax proposals and his latest tax reform outline find that his ideas would result in big, expensive tax cuts, the direct benefits of which would flow disproportionately to the highest income Americans.

Trump's GOP allies rejected such cuts when wrapping up long-overdue legislation for the current budget year, which ends September 30. With members from both political parties voicing serious objections to the president's budget, this proposal is not just dead on arrival - it's dead before arrival.

"It's good to have the sense of the president's priorities, but we have to be realistic about what we can fashion and pass", Cole said.

"The proposed cuts to our safety net programs, including Medicaid and SNAP, would hurt too many of our state's most vulnerable citizens, and I can not support this budget proposal".

-The Poor, Part III: Trump's budget would cut funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by $22 billion over the next decade.

Among the countries that would see a massive reduction in assistance is Ukraine, with the budget calling for a reduction of aid from $667 million in 2016 to $203 million.

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

Since taking office, Pruitt has moved to roll back or delay numerous Obama-era programs to cut pollution from mining operations, oil and gas wells and coal-fired power plants. Under his blueprint for next year, the federal government would take in more than it spends by 2027, according to White House estimates.

-Doctors: The budget proposes to cap jury awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The budget would also boost spending on chemical weapons destruction programs including the work underway at the Pueblo Chemical Depot to destroy almost 800,000 mustard gas shells.

Perhaps only the heartlessness the president's budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire's absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them.

Abello says ME is fortunate to have a congressional delegation that understands and appreciates LWCF. But those would contribute only slightly to economic growth and wouldn't be enough to reach a 3 percent rate. It would boost spending for defense, border security and law enforcement.

Copies of US President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget are released for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 23, 2017. 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.

The budget also includes two often-raised proposals that would apply only to future retirees, one involving the way benefits are calculated for all new annuitants, the other involving a supplement paid only to some.

In addition, the Army has requested $4 million to improve the military deception tactics and techniques (MILDEC) it uses to mask troop movements.

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