Donald Trump's budget, spending cuts are 'moral,' Mulvaney says
May 27 2017 by Cristina Jennings
The cuts in funding as outlined in the budget would come as a result of reforming Medicaid payments as either a per capita cap or a block grant beginning in fiscal year 2020, and the decreases in tandem with those proposed in the House of Representatives bill would cut funding for Medicaid by more than 47% by its final year. The House and Senate budget committees will bring forward their own proposals in June, and a compromise budget will eventually be agreed before the fiscal year begins in October.
"We applaud the President's focus on tax reform, but the plan includes far more detail on how the Administration would cut taxes than on how they would pay for those cuts".
"This really is about the federal government saving money - cutting the money that they give to states for care, and then taking that money and turning around and providing a tax break to very high income people, the insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies", he states.
As you might image, the Budget Committee's Democrats were scathing in their assessment of President Trump's first budget. However, the math does not add up as the Trump tax cut is alsosupposed to pay for the Trump tax cuts.
The plan - titled A New Foundation for American Greatness - takes a hatchet to federal programs for the disadvantaged, such as food stamps, disability payments and healthcare. But it found that 61% of Republicans and 95% of Democrats would maintain or increase funding for health care in general. He promised not to cut Medicare, and initially, Medicaid as well.
"For example, I do not support proposed cuts to National Institutes of Health".
Coverage for children previously had not figured as a major issue for the administration, which separately is calling for paid parental leave.
He and other advocates say the image of millions of able-bodied people sitting around collecting checks doesn't match reality.
But the White House argues the opposite, saying spending is out of control, and the government has a responsibility to use tax dollars more responsibly - by spending fewer of them.
There's a new doctrine dominating policy decisions in Washington, D.C., and it sacrifices the poor, elderly, and disadvantaged at the altar of corporations and the ultra-wealthy.
But it could be the start of real bargaining that goes something like this: Trump doubles his offer (unlike Mulvaney, he doesn't care about budgetary red ink), uses some money from a tax on foreign income of USA companies, gets Saudi Arabia and other countries to chip in for energy-related projects and some public-private deals.
Medicaid is facing even bigger cuts.
Trump's budget cuts, which are only recommendations to Congress, would impose steep cuts to the education, health, agriculture, state, treasury and commerce departments, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal offices. "In fact, that is Trumponomics", White House budget director Mick Mulvaneytold lawmakers this week, as he made the rounds on Capitol Hill to defend the president's 2018 plan.
$40.4 billion in cuts to the earned income tax credit and child tax credit over 10 years, programs that, along with SNAP, make up much of the US's safety net for poor people.
The administration has privately informed GOP leaders that it would like Congress to act before the annual August recess.
"This is the budget you write if you think working families have it too easy", said Sen.
"Among the litter of broken promises already dispersed en masse by this tragically inexperienced administration, perhaps most egregious are the violations within the document that was just released".