Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Congress a $4.1 trillion federal spending plan that promises faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade. "I'm not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican, and I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid", Trump said in an interview during the campaign that was then posted on his official web site.

Trump's budget would cut $200 million from the program, which provides food for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age five. "No question, because I don't believe the president understands the finer details of what he himself is submitting to the Congress".

President Donald Trump had vowed on the campaign trail to not make any cuts to Medicaid.

The budget leaves Medicare spending untouched.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan public policy organisation, said the plan relied on "rosy assumptions", gimmicks and unrealistic cuts.

Food stamp cuts would drive millions from the program, while a wave of Medicaid cuts could deny nursing home care to millions of elderly poor people.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget office director, said the plan is the first one in a long time to pay attention to taxpayers.

"Through his budget proposal released today, President Trump is pursuing priorities we both share: rebuilding our military, supporting our soldiers and their families, securing our border, taking care of our veterans, and supporting those who work day in and day out to keep our communities safe".

The cuts to food stamps are several times larger than those attempted by House Republicans a few years back and comprise the bulk of a 10-year, $274 billion proposal that's labeled as welfare reform.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus said earlier this year that Trump would have to show how he would offset the cost of a wall, which Democrats flatly oppose.

Setting aside the fact that budget document seems dead on arrival to many congressional leaders, the Trump administration expects to take in an extra $2 trillion in federal revenue over 10 years from the tax cuts.

The CBO projects US economic growth will average almost 1.9 percent over the next decade. His cuts to domestic agencies budgets approved by lawmakers each year would be redirected to the Pentagon.

- Medicaid would be reduced by more than $600 billion over 10 years by capping payments to states and giving governors more flexibility to manage their rosters of Medicaid recipients. SNAP is the current version of what was once called the "food stamps" program.

Under the Constitution, Congress holds the final authority to pass any budgets and allocate funds, which will mean months of haggling between the White House and lawmakers eager to preserve pet projects. Without more than $2 trillion in such "economic feedback" over the coming decade, the nation's budget would never reach balance and would run a deficit of nearly $500 billion.

That includes cuts to pensions for federal workers and higher contributions toward those pension benefits, as well as cuts to refundable tax credits paid to the working poor.

Republicans are under pressure to deliver on promised tax cuts, the cornerstone of the Trump administration's pro-business economic agenda, which would cut the business tax rate to 15 percent and reduce the number of personal tax brackets.

The proposal, released by the White House on May 23, must still be approved by Congress, which has already signaled deep reservations about numerous proposed cuts, and how new spending increases will be paid for.

State Republicans thought the focus on increased military spending was a positive step while decrying cuts to agricultural programs.

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