Does Trump's Budget Cut Medicaid Funding? No One Seems To Know

08 June, 2017, 04:39 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • 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

A day after the budget's release, a handful of senior administration officials fanned out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, facing tough questions from Democrats opposed to the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year and Republicans skeptical about the administration's math.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are also testifying before House panels.

If they cannot agree on a budget, Trump's promised "biggest tax cut" in history would be doomed.Trump's balanced-budget goal depends not only on 3 percent growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations and assuming that overhauling the tax code in a way that provides no net tax cuts would spark that growth and generate more than $2 trillion in higher revenues."I think for years and years we've simply looked at a budget in terms of the folks who are on the back end of the programs, the recipients of the taxpayer money, and we haven't spent almost enough time focusing our attention on the people who pay the taxes", he told reporters at the White House.South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford told White House budget director Mick Mulvaney that Trump's budget "presumes a Goldilocks economy" that never goes into recession.NY gets about $3.6 billion in federal aid each year. The Administration's annual budget is seen as a statement of policy, not necessarily a legislative proposal certain to become law.

Mick Mulvaney, the former tea party congressman, told the House Budget Committee that he went line by line through the federal budget and asked, "Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?"

Democrats charged that Trump's cuts would rip apart the social safety net.

"When you say "cut" are you speaking Washington or regular language?" Mark Warner, D-Va., told Mulvaney Thursday. "It assumes that the stars perfectly align with regard to economic drivers".

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Trump's budget holds true to his campaign pledge to leave Medicare and Social Security pension benefits alone and contains spending increases for the military and veterans, but it treats most of the rest of the government as fair game.

"If you're on food stamps, and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work". But critics said that would come at the cost of cuts in the billions of dollars to Medicaid, nutrition, environmental and farm programs, and more. "And as a effect I think it is just disastrously consequential to build a budget on 3% - the bible says you can't build a house on a sandy foundation", Sanford said.

Democratic defenders of the program warned that would deny health care and nursing home care to millions of people. In February, 47 percent of Americans said they trusted Republicans in Congress to handle the economy - 4 percentage points less than now.

Note that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has similarly argued that subsidized housing should not provide "a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: 'I'll just stay here".

Mulvaney also noted the White House budget didn't cut Meals On Wheels, taking Sen. On average, the federal government reimburses states $1.33 for every dollar they spend on the program. They range from improbable growth projections that appear to disregard an aging population to proposed cuts to education, research and social programs that have helped sustain the productivity of US workers. "Their efforts against terrorism and other disasters won't immediately collapse". "It dismantles our nation's basic living standards", she said. Speaking with reporters, he called Trump's budget a "recommendation" that "will not be determinative of what happens here".

If Republicans really want to prevent abortions, perhaps they shouldn't cut funding to an institution that's the largest provider of sex education in America (hint hint: Planned Parenthood).

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