Sherrod Brown is particularly concerned with proposed cuts to programs serving low-income and elderly residents. Many of Trump's cuts affecting California, moreover, resurrect previous presidential efforts that evaporated in the face of bipartisan congressional resistance. The Congressional Budget Office forecast under current policy is 1.9%.
Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, addressed the issue more directly.
"While it is clear that our nation's most vulnerable will bear the brunt of this vicious proposal, no one - regardless of ideology, socioeconomic background, or political affiliation - will be immune to its devastating impact". If anything, the proposed cuts serve mainly as a reminder of the federal government's vast reach.
Critics like to call the cuts "draconian" - one non-profit even said it was "taking us back to the Stone Age" - without acknowledging that they are a drop in a bucket compared to the overall growth in spending in the past decade. The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said the Trump plan joins a tradition of White House budgets that are "basically dead on arrival".
Finally, the Trump budget would cut a wide range of so-called discretionary programs.
Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of ME released a statement saying the budget proposal "will hammer thousands of people across ME, including older, disabled and lower-income people".
'Asking for $12 billion in a budget for a border wall is not going to be met with great receptivity in the Senate, ' Meadows toldBloomberg. LOOKING AT THINGS DIFFERENTLY Republican Representative Tom Cole, who represents an Oklahoma district that the Almanac of American Politics described as "countrified", predicted "Congress would look at some of those things differently" from the Trump administration's budget. Proposed cuts to Medicaid and the social safety net of this magnitude are not reform. "The National Institutes of Health is not likely to be cut". "Diplomacy is important, extremely important, and I don't think these reductions at the State Department are appropriate because many times diplomacy is a lot more effective - and certainly cheaper - than military engagement", McConnell said. A work requirement for those without dependents would be also phased in for the program, which now serves about 4.5 million California residents. Trump got broad support in last November's election in counties with high numbers of white voters who receive food stamps. "If you're on food stamps, and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work".
At the camp, Haley was briefed on unmet needs by the U.N.'s humanitarian office and refugee agency - organizations whose USA accounts are eliminated in Trump's budget. This would hit hard in California's San Joaquin Valley, an area with high unemployment that is predominately represented in Congress by Republicans. A Quinnipiac national survey in March, while House Republicans were trying to replace Obamacare, showed that the public opposed cuts in the federal Medicaid program by a margin of 74 percent to 22 percent. His cuts to domestic agencies budgets approved by lawmakers each year would be redirected to the Pentagon.
The budget proposal includes nearly $670 billion in defense spending (split between base military accounts and overseas contingency funds) and $180-billion plus for the Department of Veterans Affairs, both totals the White House has touted as fulfilling Trump's promise to take care of troops and veterans.
Items on the chopping block range from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would see its budget shrink by close to a third, to Medicaid, targeted for more than $800 billion in cuts.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., praised the budget proposal for focusing on "what is right by prioritizing defense and balancing the budget in ten years." Sen.
Of the 3% annual economic growth assumption, Mulvaney responded that the Obama administration in its first couple of years had based its budget on growth of 4.5%.