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Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts
December 18 2017, 06:29 | Alonzo Simpson
In the opening letter of the budget, Trump says to Congress "Faster economic growth, coupled with fiscal restraint, will enable us to fully fund our national priorities, balance our budget, and start to pay down our national debt". Even those spending measures that could get enough GOP support to pass the House would be doomed in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority and must turn to Democrats to come up with 60 votes necessary to pass most legislation. But Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday said receipts were coming in more slowly than the Treasury had anticipated.
Mulvaneypointed specifically to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the modern version of food stamps. Republicans have had many opportunities over the years to ax such budget zombies as the National Endowment for the Arts, Corporation for Public Broadcasting subsidies and the Economic Development Administration.
"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".
Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under President Donald Trump's budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief.
"This is the President of the United States turning his back on our nation's poor and daring them to survive on their own".
On May 23, the White House released its full budget proposal, which not only calls for kicking millions of working- and middle-class Americans off vital public assistance programs to make room for big tax cuts for top income earners, but also bases its tax revenue projections on expected annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3 percent by 2020.
"It's a taxpayer-1st budget", Mr. Mulvaney said.
"You would hope that they would want to ask the folks who know the most about it", said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, adding he and his staff were not consulted ahead of the proposal of large crop insurance cuts which he can not support.
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.
That'll boost the economy and change the picture for everything from budget cuts to tax cuts.
Warren pointed to a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis that found the House-passed AHCA would cut $834 billion from Medicaid and leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to the Affordable Care Act - a law under which she argued the uninsured rate for veterans decreased by almost 40 percent. On top of that, studies have shown that Medicaid beneficiaries don't experience better health outcomes than uninsured people. Therefore, the budget proposal might be disappointing for the financial markets, but positive for gold.
In presenting the budget, OMB Director Mulvaney did offer this assurance for those people who are getting government aid. Though its designers are willing to ax counterproductive low-income programs, they won't tackle programs that serve wealthier Americans, such as Medicare and Social Security.
It uses eight pillars: affordable health care, eliminating outdated regulations, developing American energy - specifically, electricity and transportation fuel, reducing federal spending, and reforms in the tax code, immigration policies, welfare system and education. "Chairman Hatch will continue to work with members and the administration to find a viable path forward".
"It's a unsafe plan that would raise the number of uninsured Americans, take food out of the mouths of hungry children, and drive more families into poverty", Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said in a statement Tuesday. The Trump administration says this would help move people off the rolls.