Trump administration proposes budget cuts for social programs

Angie Massey
May 25, 2017

So consider Trump's proposed spending plan a blueprint spelling out his governing philosophy with, among other items, slashes in programs that directly help the IL poor; the end of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; and cuts in Amtrak subsidies for eight routes running through Chicago.

In addition, the budget would make another Dollars 610 billion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years by transitioning the program from a traditional entitlement to either a block grant program or a per-capita program that puts a ceiling on federal Medicaid funding to states.

U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would slash almost a third in funding for diplomacy and foreign aid including global health and food aid, peacekeeping and other forms of non-military foreign involvement. Trump's budget, he said, "does not reflect the appropriate allocation of funds to get our country back on sound fiscal footing".

Trump's plan, details of which were released Tuesday, calls for trimming more than $4.8 billion from federal programs for health and senior services next year.

There was some congressional applause for Trump's budget.

"Here's what I'm happy about: we finally have a president who's willing to actually even balance the budget", said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in a House GOP news conference on Tuesday.

The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that begins October 1.

The White House proposals represent a defiant blueprint for a government realignment that closely follows proposals made in recent years by some of the most conservative members of the House, a group that once included Mulvaney himself.

"These Medicaid cuts will be especially devastating in New Jersey because of its higher cost of living and larger number of people in desperate need of health care".

Congress ultimately controls the government purse strings and may reject some or numerous Trump administration's proposals.

While Rep. Peter Roskam R-Ill., a Ways and Means Committee member, earlier this week went to bat for the Great Lakes initiative, when it comes to the entire Trump budget, his spokesman said, "We are still reviewing the budget proposal in its entirety".

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The budget's Medicaid cuts are "drastic", AHCA's Parkinson says.

Likewise, Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas cited Trump targets such as crop insurance, the National Institutes of Health and Head Start as "vitally important" programs that should be preserved.

President Trump's proposed budget would save $191 billion over 10 years by shifting some of the cost to states, targeting the benefits to the poorest people, increasing work requirements and limiting some eligibility.

And I want to say on a couple of different occasions, their assumed growth rate was more than 4.5 percent.

Medicaid is one of the safety net programs to be affected by the cuts. But he said Trump's budget cutters had sought to achieve balance with "too many cuts" in non-defense spending, including to the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He suggested that in future budgets that may not be the case.

"If we don't do something to protect the program for the people who really need it, then they're not going to have access to that, so I think we can't continue to ignore these big-ticket items", he said.

Wittman also criticized the administration's proposal to cut retirement benefits for people who worked for the federal government.

Even Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who has been an ardent Trump supporter and confidant, agreed the proposal to cut Medicaid was worrisome.

Assumes Trump's proposed tax cuts will not only pay for themselves, but will generate an additional $2 trillion in revenue over the next decade by spurring economic growth.

The budget also includes more than $2 billion in projected savings from requiring retailers to pay an application fee to be able to accept SNAP.

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