Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Posted May 25, 2017

Trump's budget summary says the program is fully paid for, but includes only $19 billion over the next decade.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget.

"You would hope that they would want to ask the folks who know the most about it", said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, adding he and his staff were not consulted ahead of the proposal of large crop insurance cuts which he can not support. "But you know, I know God and I think that had a lot to do with it because I knew the Lord and I knew what he would do for me", says Lula Oliver. While Trump's budget would extend CHIP for another two years, it would also cut $5.8 billion.

Previous year more than 44 million people received an average of $126 a month in snap benefits. That is the equivalent of a cost shift from the federal government to states of roughly $116 billion over ten years.

Lasley said the Trump budget plan is surrounded by myriad political considerations. The president ignored pleas from McConnell allies who wanted Zinke to run for Senate against one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats, Jon Tester of Montana. The Veterans Choice Program would also be extended to prevent it from expiring in August.

Though the budget does not touch the retirement portion of Social Security, it contains reforms and cuts to the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which covers people unable to work.

Other cuts include $63 billion to pension benefits for federal workers by eliminating cost-of-living adjustments for most workers and requiring employees to make higher contributions. "They are the first to depart from what the whole big world thinks", he said.

Experts and journalists quickly noted the absurdity of Trump's projections in their coverage of the budget request.

-The Poor, Part III: Trump's budget would cut funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by $22 billion over the next decade.

Tuesday's budget release calls for eliminating numerous foreign aid "grants" that the USA extends to other countries and replacing them with loans.

A program created to move people receiving Social Security disability payments back into enter the workforce is politically toxic as well. 'This severe and unjustifiably rapid cut comes at a time when our funding for science research is already far below what would be optimal - we are nowhere close as a nation to investing what we should be investing in research and development, ' added Holt, a former congressman and physicist. In Pennsylvania, 25 percent of SNAP spending - or about $680 million annually - is more than twice the state's spending on community colleges.

". the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps would buy 84 new fighter aircraft in 2018, including 70 Joint Strike Fighters and 14 Super Hornets", the Trump plan noted of the $639 billion of discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense.

At the same time, the blueprint boosts spending for the military by tens of billions and calls for $1.6 billion for a border wall with Mexico that Trump repeatedly promised voters the US neighbor would finance.

No one denies that USA economic growth lags post-World War II trends.

"Specifically, I am encouraged to see President Trump's inclusion of $2.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection", Biggs said in a written statement released by his office.

Panel Democrats charged that President Trump's cuts would rip apart the social safety net.

Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican whose district encompasses eastern and southeastern OH, challenged Mulvaney on the wisdom of the budget's call to eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission. The policy vision it embodied was too upside-down, apparently, even for the conservative Republican majority. Augustine doesn't agree with the administration's proposal to do away with Arpa-E, although he says he can understand that one might incorrectly believe that industry will pick up the slack for that agency.