Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

"Pro-growth tax reform, rolling back excessive regulations, balancing the federal budget and cutting government duplication and waste are important goals that the Trump budget embraces", said U.S. Sen.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had expected the government to hit the legally mandated debt ceiling - now about $20.1 trillion - in early September. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue were also testifying.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who until months ago was embraced by conservatives for his relentless budget-slashing advocacy, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the White House's chief spending-cut champion - and found both Republicans and Democrats challenging him.

Will Fischer, director of government relations for VoteVets, offered support for the letter, which Senate Democrats reported sending to Trump just ahead of Memorial Day weekend. "So it's natural for administrations from either party to make some assumptions".Mulvaney was quoted earlier this week as saying an appropriate description for this budget would be the "Taxpayer First Budget".

"The Trump budget assumes hundreds of billions more in Medicaid cuts than the House bill", said Edwin Park, a health policy expert with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which advocates for low-income people. Or, short of that, you might find that a tax cut that costs $1,000 on paper actually ends up costing only $500 or $800 in lost revenue as businesses or individuals generate new taxable economic activity with the money they save from the tax cut.

"This budget presumes a Goldilocks economy" that never goes into recession, Sanford said.

Already, budget leaders in Congress are pushing back on the budget. Perdue said the nation has a dilemma in how to "right-size the budget" but acknowledged the concerns.

Casey carries a much different perspective than Mulvaney.

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.

"This Budget's defining ambition is to unleash the dreams of the American people", Trump writes in his 62-page plan, released today. Aderholt said that program "is something we should be proud of" and eliminating it "runs entirely counter to the idea of buy American, hire American" that Trump has championed. "And I think that's a very hard thing". When tasked with producing a budget, the Trump administration has produced a spending plan that would wreak untold harm on the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens - while cutting taxes for the wealthiest among us.

DeVos answered that that was not the federal government's business, but was for states and locales to decide.

A better course would be to undertake more intelligent tax reform that simplifies the tax code and ends numerous loopholes that let many corporations and rich individuals like Mr. Trump himself pay far less than the high rates they unconvincingly lament.

Medicaid, the federal/state health insurance program for the poor and disabled, would be cut by more than $600 billion over the next decade.

Let's also not dwell too much on the fact that among all developed countries, the United States has one of the "most restrictive and least generous" disability benefit programs and that cases of fraud are basically nonexistent.

When you take money away that people have been using, negative reactions should be expected. "Their efforts against terrorism and other disasters won't immediately collapse". And it omits any proposal for negotiating prescription drug prices, a frequent Trump talking point. John McCain, R-Arizona, called the budget "dead on arrival", and Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, predicted that foreign aid cuts in the budget "will not stand" and called other cuts "draconian, careless and counterproductive".

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