Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Posted May 25, 2017

It's not only health care, said Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat.

A MI group is calling on lawmakers to pay attention to the President's budget and the cuts they say will hurt MI families. Pruitt even made a decision to say Trump's "budget respects the American taxpayer". "The time for small thinking is over".

In addition, Paletta reports that the Trump budget documents may claim that tax cuts drive so much additional growth that they - plus the safety-net cuts - will restore federal budget balance a decade hence.

More than $800 billion dollars will be cut from medicaid which is a government program that helps many, and not just the poor.

"We are talking about half the births in the United States, 30 million children, and half of all nursing home and long-term care nationwide for senior citizens and people with disabilities", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., citing Medicaid's extensive reach. There would be a short-term bump in military spending, but even that would flat-line after a few years, all in the quest to eliminate the budget deficit by 2027.

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.

Trump's budget calls for a 10 percent increase in defense spending, which is already America's largest expenditure, and over $2.6 billion for border security.

Some of the president's proposals are likely to survive. "The good news is that this extremist proposal will go nowhere in the Senate".

The budget proposes deep cuts to many departments and programs, including environmental protection, scientific research, affordable housing, Medicaid and the arts. A protracted fight over the budget would also further delay the orderly appropriations process that Republicans have promised to follow after years of neglect.

The government hasn't run a surplus since the late 1990s when a budget deal between Democrat Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans combined with the longest US economic recovery in history produced four years of black ink from 1998 to 2001.

The president's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said Monday, "The ugly truth is this: You can never balance the budget at 1.9 percent growth". Republicans hold just a two-seat majority in the Senate, and it is hard for them to advance major policy changes without support from Democrats. But first, they must find a way to overcome their diverse views on fiscal policy.

The austerity measures "are astonishing and frankly immoral", Congresswoman Pramilla Jayapal told Mr Mulvaney as he testified to the House Budget Committee on Wednesday.

"They need to have it", he said. "I am shocked that you could not provide one example of discrimination" that warrants federal intervention, Clark said.

Sen. Chris van Hollen of Maryland, who was the lead Democrat on the House Budget Committee for years, was not so sanguine.

"I think it will be challenging for states to try to figure out what to do", said Trish Riley, executive director of the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy, which advises states.

Piece by piece he dismantled the stated and unstated assumptions underlying the Trump budget.

Republican Representative Tom Cole, who represents an Oklahoma district that the Almanac of American Politics described as "countrified", predicted "Congress would look at some of those things differently" from the Trump administration's budget. That raised questions about whether he would take a leadership role in the coming spending debates.

Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that "receipts now are coming a little bit slower than expected".