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No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?

August 21 2017, 06:36 | Alonzo Simpson

AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?

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

Congresswoman Kathy Castor, a Democrat representing Florida's 14th Congressional District which covers Tampa and Hillsborough county is not a fan of President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

But a larger question has emerged: Could all of this fiscal pain fail miserably in its goal of ridding the US of a federal budget deficit?

It could happen because Mr. Trump is proposing tax reforms that will encourage investment and because he is cutting federal red tape that slows economic progress.

-Science: The American Association for the Advancement of Science estimates the budget proposal would cut overall federal spending on scientific research by 16.8 percent.

So, yes, Medicaid spending would increase by $4.7 trillion over a decade.

But Mulvaney ensured that the administration would not take "any deserving person off any program", saying the administration looks at it from difference perspectives: "folks who receive benefits and folks who pay for benefits".

Trump won support from GOP leaders.

"They set up the rules around that", she said.

"These funding increases will provide additional resources for a southern border wall, expanded detention capacity and initiatives to reduce violent crime, as well as more immigration judges, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and Border Patrol agents", the letter says. It is an obvious workaround for a president who pledged as a candidate not to cut the entitlement programme. 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 USA obligations like bond payments.

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

Among those programs: The food stamp program, which helps low-income and disabled people buy groceries, would be reduced by $200 billion over 10 years, The New York Times reported, along with more than $800 billion from Medicaid, $192 billion from nutritional assistance and $272 billion over all from welfare programs - yes, that means Meals on Wheels.

Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took heat for Trump's proposed budget that would dramatically slash the social safety net.

This didn't sit well with some elected officials.

Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican who chairs the subcommittee, described the proposed cuts as "worrisome" and also questioned the need to add thousands of new immigration jail beds.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is defending the Trump administration's proposal to cut $191 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years. He had to sell off half of his cattle heard, more than 100 animals, because he didn't have enough hay to feed them through the winter.

-The elderly: Trump's budget plan does not address Social Security or Medicare benefits for retirees, even though both programs are on track to become insolvent in the coming decades. The cost has stayed higher even as the economy has recovered, though it has slowly decreased annually.

The loss of federal conservation programs would also impact farmers' ability to improve and conserve the land, air, water and habitat in our state to feed the future.

Medicaid is facing even bigger cuts. As a percentage of the economy, funding for these programs would match the lowest levels since the Eisenhower administration.

Cuts to the National Institute of Health would stand in the way of critical life-saving research developing new treatments and cures.

If Trump's budget goes through, the program Obama created would be eliminated and women in these positions may have to pay a median of $60,000 in student debt, according to Fortune.

"Further, shuttering the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts would close off the long-standing USA commitment to the advancement of our culture and society", McPherson said.



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