Proposed Trump budget will slice down government programs

On Tuesday, the Trump administration released a budget plan seeking $1.5 trillion in non-defense discretionary cuts and $1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade.  While the plan leaves Medicare and the retirement portion of Social Security in place, it will ultimately cut anti-poverty and safety net programs out of the picture.

The plan is titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” and will add nearly half a trillion dollars to defense spending, The Hill reports.

There’s no guarantee the budget will pass Congress, as many proposals are expected to be rejected in the upcoming months.

According to The Hill, the proposed budget will create balance to the overall budget within a decade and will lower the debt burden to 60 percent of gross domestic product.

Unlike Obama’s budget plan, the Trump budget puts emphasis on defense dollars and cuts non-defense dollars.  This means by 2027, defense spending could increase to $42 billion while non-defense would be cut by $260 billion.

Taking a look at specifics, The Hill reports the budget would cut 31.4 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, 29.1 percent from the State Department, 20.5 percent from the Department of Agriculture and 10.7 percent from the National Science Foundation.

The budget will also make Pell grants available year-round, but raise monthly student loan payments at the same time.

The budget will include the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which replaced ObamaCare, which alone, cuts $839 billion from Medicaid. The proposed plan also strips funding from Planned Parenthood and $274 billion over ten years from anti-poverty programs.  $193 billion will be cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and $21 billion will be cut from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Disability Insurance, provided through Social Security, will also see some cuts.

“We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or number of people on those programs,” Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Monday.

“If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go back to work.”

But other budget leaders in Congress are fighting the proposal.

“The President’s budget is a suggestion,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Enzi wrote in a statement.  “We will take a close look at his budget, but Congress is mandated by the Constitution with key spending responsibilities and will ultimately decide what the nation’s fiscal priorities will be.”

Sen. John Cornyn said the plan would be “Dead on arrival,’ but clarified on Twitter that “All POTUS budgets are.”

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer,  said the budget took a “meat cleaver” to the middle class “by gutting the programs that help them the most, including many that help create jobs and power the economy: transportation is cut, education is cut, programs that promote scientific and medical research are cut, programs that protect clean air and clean water are cut.”

“The Trump budget would make inequality and poverty significantly worse, while allowing deficits, when honestly measured, to soar,” said Bob Greenstein, president of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

In addition, the budget will put $2.6 billion towards improved border security, including $1.6 billion for Trump’s wall on the Mexican border.  The plan also proposes a $25 billion expenditure for paid family leave, which was pushed for by first daughter Ivanka Trump.

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