'Answer the question': Bernie Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief during hearing

Marco Green
May 29, 2017

Trump's budget aims to go bigger, laying the groundwork "for a larger, more capable, and more lethal joint force [and] warfighting readiness".

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testified on Capitol Hill in Washington, today, before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget.

The proposal projects that this year's deficit will rise to $603 billion, up from the actual deficit of $585 billion last year, But the document says if Trump's initiatives are adopted the deficit will start declining and actually reach a small surplus of $16 billion in 2027.

"We have it in our power to set free the dreams of our people", Trump writes in his budget. As a taxpayer, I think I speak for all of us when I say we don't want our money wasted, lost or stolen.

The plan is laced with $3.6 trillion in cuts to domestic agencies, food stamps, Medicaid, highway funding, crop insurance and medical research, among others.

President Trump's proposed budget was unveiled earlier this week and it includes a $2 trillion math mistake.

" This budget is grossly out of step with the needs of young people and the priorities of most members of Congress".

Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian". "Protecting the frail and elderly is important both today and in the coming years when demand will dramatically increase".

Mulvaney defended each line item but still finding disagreement from Sanders over the nuances of how the cuts are made to what specific programs that some states choose to participate in. These cuts would also completely dwarf the $19 billion over 10 years budgeted for paid parental leave, pure window dressing which will get more attention than it deserves.

Senate Republicans have been holding closed-door meetings to try writing their own health care overhaul. "That has some Medicaid changes in it".

"Your budget proposal would make communities. less safe", Lowey said. He called the assumption at odds with the historical record - pointing out that the current economic expansion of 94 months has already long outstripped the average American economic expansion: "But what you presume in this budget is not only will we not have a recession - though we're in the third-longest economic expansion in history - but it's going to keep going for another 214 months". "We can agree the CBO puts out bad data", he said.

The White House delivered to Congress Tuesday a proposed fiscal 2018 budget that would deeply cut programs for the poor and rural America, as well as diplomacy and foreign aid, while boosting defense and border security. In many cases, a higher burden of paying for anti-poverty programs would be shifted away from the federal government and onto the states.

As Republicans in Congress determine how they will deal with the budget caps this year, I hope they will remember that national security and economic security are intertwined. "There will be much debate in the states under either a block grant or per-capita system with less money from the federal government likely making decisions tough on how to ensure spending falls below that cap", she says.

"The President's "stop deciding to be poor" approach to the budget is a fundamental misstep that would permanently cripple the most vulnerable communities in the short run and erode our country's worldwide leadership in the long run".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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