Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Eric Ueland Republican staff director Senate Budget Committee holds a copy of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget before distributing them to congressional staffers on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

While this doesn't align with any of the eight pillars introduced just paragraphs above, it does align with Trump's value of the military and his support of veterans. He said lawmakers should expect Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to inform them of "a change in the date" in which Congress will need to act to increase the debt limit to avert an economy-rattling default on US obligations like bond payments.

Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took heat for those proposals on Wednesday, with both Democrats and Republicans questioning his budget's unrealistic assumptions and blasting its huge cuts to programs for the poor to pay for more military spending.

Huge cuts to most federal agencies: a 31.4 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency budget, 29.1 percent cut to the State Department, 20.5 percent to Agriculture, 19.8 percent to Labor, 16.2 percent to Health and Human Services, 15.8 percent to Commerce, 13.2 percent to Housing and Urban Development, 12.7 percent to Transportation, and 10.9 percent to Interior.

"We reject that pessimism", Mulvaney said at a White House briefing Tuesday.

Democratic Representative Pramilla Jayapal of Washington said that that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programmes are "astonishing and frankly immoral".

$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.

"When you say "cut" are you speaking Washington or regular language?"

The poor and the disabled are big losers in President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal while the Pentagon is a big victor. "It assumes that the stars perfectly align with regard to economic drivers".

Mulvaney also told the panel that "it'll be very difficult" to balance the budget in future proposal without cutting back the growth of Medicare and Social Security - the big retirement programs that Trump left alone in this year's effort. While Trump's budget would extend CHIP for another two years, it would also cut $5.8 billion. Perdue said the nation has a dilemma in how to "right-size the budget" but acknowledged the concerns.

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The massive cuts to Medicaid would be particularly damaging to women, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute.

"It's never happened", Sanford said. At a time when we remain one of the only major countries on earth not to guarantee health care to all, this budget makes a bad situation worse in terms of health care.

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

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., asked DeVos whether a private school can receive voucher money even if it denies access to LGBT students.

Many rank-and-file Republicans recoiled from the cuts, however, which would squeeze foreign aid and domestic programmes funded annually by Congress by about 10% next year and 1.4 trillion U.S. dollars £1.1 trillion) (over the coming decade.

"If states get fewer dollars from the federal government, there are only so many options, because states have to balance the budget every year", said Elizabeth Carpenter, a health policy expert with the consulting firm Avalare Health.

At least one Cabinet-level official, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, said Monday he would work with Congress to ensure money for the 17 national laboratories and other projects.

President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost. He wants to cut the State Department budget by nearly a third and has still not appointed a single person below the Secretary of State after sending the professional holdovers from the Obama administration packing when he took office.

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