Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Ray Weaver
May 25, 2017

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One of the big ways President Donald Trump's proposed budget would save money is by overhauling Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled, which the president wants to cut by more than 40% over a decade.

Gov. Charlie Baker, who has already voiced opposition to the ACHA and reduced support for the National Institutes of Health, said his job will be to work with leaders of like-minded states to minimize any impact on MA.

"The president made the right decision in restoring these resources", the Missouri lawmaker said.

"You would hope that they would want to ask the folks who know the most about it", said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, adding he and his staff were not consulted ahead of the proposal of large crop insurance cuts which he can not support.

The proposal, which promises to balance the budget in the next decade, includes deep spending cuts to several healthcare programs, including Medicaid.

But their policy agenda has stalled as the White House grapples with the political fallout from allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

The budget claims it balances the budget over a decade without touching Social Security and Medicare, while spending more on national security, the border, infrastructure and more.

-Science: The American Association for the Advancement of Science estimates the budget proposal would cut overall federal spending on scientific research by 16.8 percent.

The lawmakers are unlikely to approve the draft budget, as many of them have said that they have their own priorities that do not necessarily coincide with those of the administration, but the text is seen as a confirmation of the president's ideas. "The NIH is an enormous source of inquiry and discovery, not just for this community, but for this country and for this world". Trump's proposal could have a disproportionate effect on Republican-leaning states - seven of the 10 states with the highest food stamp participation supported Trump.

Rep. John Yarmuth, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, called the budget "shockingly extreme", while his Senate counterpart, Sen.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called it a "taxpayer first" budget that puts money back in the pockets of taxpayers, which sounds good until you look at where he is taking it from.

The budget released by the White House today contains proposed changes for the program that provides access to food for Americans who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

Sure, Medicaid is slated to be cut $800 billion over 10 years. The president also proposed a $2.6 billion increase for border security, including $1.6 billion for "bricks and mortar for a wall", according to Mulvaney.

"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.

Sen. Edward Markey quickly rapped Trump's proposal.

"It is not an overstatement to say that some children will die because of this", he said. "Cutting $800 billion from Medicaid, almost $200 billion from food assistance, and $72 billion for disability benefits, all to give $5.5 trillion in tax breaks to billionaires and special interests isn't just a reflection of bad values, it's bad budgeting". Instead, the USA taxpayer will foot the bill.

"The President's budget reveals his evident belief that the economic dignity of working men and women is expendable. And it spells out the Trump worldview in devastating detail: a place where health care and education and our most human needs, like food and shelter, are provided based on wealth and power", Kennedy said. Kentucky, a conservative state that signed on to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, would also be hit hard, with assistance dropping by 9.7 percent. That is nearly 10 percent higher than current budget caps but only 3 percent more than former President Barack Obama had sought in his long-term budget plan.

More than 75 percent of households who participate in SNAP have worked a job in the year before or after the receive benefits, according to the USDA. Ryan sidestepped a question on whether the economic assumptions that allow the balance to budget were realistic, but praised the administration for embracing the goal of economic growth.

The National Economic Council already approved the GDP growth target at 6 percent for the financial year 2017/18 while the government achieved a GDP growth rate of 5.3 percent in the outgoing fiscal year. "It used to be normal".

Numerous press corps regulars were traveling, so Brian Karem, from the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland, called out the first question: "What about critics who say this budget is incredibly hardhearted, especially for the least of our brothers?" "Yet they were promising us 4.5 percent growth".

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