Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in Trump's budget

Posted May 23, 2017

While not including cuts to Medicare and Social Security, Mr Trump's proposals would slash government spending by $3.6trillion over 10 years, hugely scaling back Medicaid - the state-federal programme that provides healthcare to low-income citizens - food assistance and other anti-poverty programmes.

Trump's budget, an outline of which was released Monday night, doubles down on some largely symbolic cuts that the administration rolled out earlier this year - and they didn't necessarily go over well the first time.

More specifically, Trump's budget proposes an $800 billion cut to Medicaid over the next ten years, something which, if implemented, would be incredibly detrimental for low-income Americans - particularly women. Almost 3 billion will be invested in border security - $1.6 billion of which will be allocated to brick and mortar to build Mr. Trump's proposed southern border wall. The remaining $1 billion will be used to bolster exiting border defenses by hiring new agents and upgrading equipment used to track illegal crossings. However, most of the complaints from Republicans about safety net programs are about "able-bodied" adults, those they feel should be working but are not. Deeper Medicaid cuts would add many more millions to the 14 million men, women, and children who would lose their Medicaid coverage under the American Health Care Act. Comey was leading a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

The budget that the Trump administration will roll out Tuesday does much more than balance in 10 years and boost military spending; it forces a major change in the way Washington looks at the spending by putting the focus on taxpayers instead payees.

"The Trump administration has taken so many important pieces of the budget off the table", MacGuineas said.

The program, which was spearheaded by his daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, is likely to encounter opposition on Capitol Hill, where Republicans have repeatedly balked at the effort to create a federal paid family leave program.

Presidential budgets are always aspirational political documents and nearly never passed into law as written, but the one set to be introduced by Donald Trump Tuesday stretches credulity given the current makeup in Congress.

But critics, such as Robert Greenstein, president of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, argues not only will that not happen, but vulnerable Americans will be hurt.

President Trump is expected to release his fiscal year 2018 budget tomorrow.

The overall plan from the White House is already getting panned by congressional lawmakers in both parties. Here are the yearly deficit estimates under the Trump 2018 budget plan, which add up to $3.15 trillion in more debt over the next ten years: 2018 - $440 billion 2019 - $526 billion 2020 - $488 billion 2021 - $456 billion 2022 - $442 billion 2023 - $319 billion 2024 - $209 billion 2025 - $176 billion 2026 - $110 billion 2027 - $16 billion surplus 2.

In 2015, he tried to separate himself from others in the GOP presidential field, noting, "Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid". Medicaid cuts of the scale Trump was proposing had him "concerned", Christie said.

Democrats immediately condemned the blueprint, unveiled as Trump makes his first trip overseas as president, as devastating to the social safety net on which many low-income Americans rely.

During the briefing with reporters on Monday, Mulvaney, who was a SC congressman before joining Trump's team, anticipated the pushback from his former colleagues.

Budget officials unveiled a paid family leave plan in September for only biological mothers, says the Post.

Trump promised not to cut Medicaid during his campaign past year. "If Congress has a different want to get to that endpoint, God bless them". The budget does, however, seek steep cuts to retirement benefits for federal workers as part of $63 billion in savings over 10 years for the Office of Personnel Management.