A pro-work, pro-jobs, pro-growth budget

Marco Green
June 3, 2017

President Trump's proposal to cut federal spending by more than $3.6 trillion over the next decade, much of it for programs that help the poor, faces harsh criticism in Congress, where even many Republicans say the White House has gone too far.

The plan, Trump's first as president, combines $4.1 trillion for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year with a promise to bring the budget back into balance in 10 years, relying on aggressive spending cuts, and a surge in economic growth.

Democrats quickly criticized the proposed deep cuts, highlighting funding reductions for safety net programs, and even Republicans expressed hesitation. Sen.

$191 billion - How much the president proposes to save over the coming decade on food stamps.

But with the release of Trump's budget yesterday, it is clear that more and more people will be adversely affected by the direction Trump takes the country - and that is serious business. He promised not to cut Medicare, and initially, Medicaid as well.

President Trump's budget withholds all federal funds from Planned Parenthood and any other organization that provides abortions.

The budget hacks away a reported $3.6 trillion in funding from Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), student loans, disability insurance, and retirement for federal employees, among other programs. Many on the left have called the growth rate "unreasonable", but Mulvaney said that "Trumponomics" could "get us there".

But the budget does feature a major domestic initiative - a six-week paid parental leave program headed by Ivanka Trump that would be designed and financed by the states through cuts to unemployment insurance, at a projected cost of $25 billion over the next 10 years.

The loss of federal conservation programs would also impact farmers' ability to improve and conserve the land, air, water and habitat in our state to feed the future.

Other cuts in Trump's budget include $63 billion in cuts to pension benefits for federal workers by eliminating cost-of-living adjustments for most workers and requiring employees to make higher contributions. People familiar with the plan were not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. These votes can be very politically unpopular, but many business groups have warned that failing to raise the debt ceiling could lead to a financial crisis, because the US government might not have enough money to pay its bills.

"It's so frustrating, but I'm glad to have a chance to sit here and talk about how we do one thing, which is very important, which is we are defending the taxpayer", he said.

The 2016 Republican presidential candidate said Congress falls short on helping people get off of government assistance and acquire skills needed to become gainfully employed. Mr. Trump had campaigned on the populist fairy tale of trickle-down economics, insisting tax cuts would unleash new investment that would boost the economy and pay themselves in the long run.

The budget, officially titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness", would offer states the choice to cap Medicaid funding through a per-capita spending allotment or a block grant for the entire program. That this ideology would lead to monstrously, even cartoonishly, evil policies like cutting job training, food stamps, and health care, while cutting taxes for rich people, probably makes this a good time to go back to the ideological drawing board.

There's little sign they will have a change of heart now, especially with Trump's administration in turmoil and his poll ratings at historic lows.

Cuts to the National Institute of Health would stand in the way of critical life-saving research developing new treatments and cures.

Some Republican lawmakers welcomed the budget cuts.

House Democrats are anxious President Donald Trump's federal budget released May 23 revealed he's unwilling to support a number of popular public health programs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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