Trump budget slashes safety-net programs

President Trump's first budget proposal to Congress includes $1.7 trillion in mandatory spending cuts over 10 years, including $800 billion from Medicaid and $193 billion from food stamps, in an effort to balance the federal budget.

The border security initiative is part of Trump's proposed $44.1 billion DHS budget, a 6.7 percent increase over 2017 funding, according to the release. "We're going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off those programs and back in charge of their own lives". "We have plenty of money in this country to take care of the people who need help".

One of the aides said Trump still lacks the support needed.

-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.

Trump's proposed cuts to safety-net programs, Greenstein said, should "lay to rest the notion that the president intends to look out for struggling families left behind by the economy".

"It probably is the most conservative budget that we've had under Republican or Democrat administrations in decades", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. But it will make discretionary cuts to education, housing, environmental programs and foreign aid as well as nondiscretionary spending such as federal employee benefit programs, WSJ reports.

Food aid, in particular, would be scaled back. The program would also phase in a work requirement, according to Mulvaney, so people without dependents would have to be employed to qualify.

Seven of the 10 states receiving the most food stamp assistance are states Trump carried in November.

The Trump administration's budget proposal would convert some of the United States' foreign military grants to loans, part of a larger effort to slash spending on diplomacy, aid and programmes overseas by more than 29 per cent, the White House said on Monday. The budget includes $25 billion for a plan to give parents six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child.

The domestic spending cuts would be redirected to a large increase in defense, border security, and immigration enforcement spending.

Support for Trump's Medicaid cuts is not found with all Republicans.

At the direction of Defense Secretary James Mattis, the Pentagon is carrying out a broad budget and strategy review and experts said this budget is more of a placeholder until that is complete.

Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor and many disabled Americans, would be cut by more than $600 billion over 10 years by capping payments to states and giving governors more flexibility to manage their rosters of Medicaid recipients. Do you think they need to tone it down?

Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday.

The budget favors wealthier Americans over less-wealthy ones deliberately, Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), told reporters at a press conference.

The top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer of NY, says the only good news about the budget is that it's likely to be roundly rejected by senators in both parties.

And it's not just Democrats who have spoken out. But Trump's insistence throughout the campaign, including during the GOP primary, that he would not touch either program suggests the battle had not been won or deemed threatening enough with Republican voters. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer has called for $1 trillion in public investments over that period, a level Trump has at times embraced.

The president promised not to make cuts to Medicaid on the campaign trail. Some congressional Republicans, however, wonder if it's a sign the president doesn't intend to spend much political capital on what is a controversial budget plan unveiled amidst a slew of investigations and uncertainty. The budget's stated goal is for the nation's Gross Domestic Product to hit 3 percent growth. They say it is hard to balance the budget without trimming spending on Social Security and Medicare.

Trump has said he will find a way for Mexico to repay the United States for construction of the wall but that Congress would need to fund it first.

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