Trump's budget director defends plans to cut social programs

Trump's Budget: “Compassion for Taxpayers”

And even while decrying the large cuts in the president's budget, which longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky deemed "draconian", GOP lawmakers were also expressing frustration that Trump was leaving Social Security and Medicare largely intact - another area where Trump's goals stand in conflict with those of congressional Republicans.

While the plan boosts defense spending by $54 billion, it falls short of campaign promises for a "historic" hike in military spending amid plans to rebuild the U.S. Navy.

For ill people in those states, "it would become more difficult" for seriously ill people to buy insurance "because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly", the report said. "True compassion is the number of people we want to try to get off of those programs".

The budget also slashes funding for other low-income assistance programs, the State Department, global aid and the Department of Education.

The Trump budget could compound those restrictions by reducing the rate of growth in federal Medicaid funding even more.

Mulvaney said the tax plan wasn't fully incorporated in the budget proposal because it was a guideline of principles, but one of the most explicit parts of that plan was repealing the estate tax. And then the White House floated the name of former Sen. He says the best way to achieve that is through tax reform and regulatory relief. But wait - if you recall, the magic of the Trump tax cuts is also supposed to pay for the Trump tax cuts.

Mulvaney stressed that Trump's budget request reflected an effort to "bring some fiscal discipline" to federal spending.

"You can not move quickly to pull the rug out from under people who need help", Kasich said. But Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday said receipts were coming in more slowly than the Treasury had anticipated. And given that Trump will need backing from at least some Democrats for his proposals to pass, those proclaiming the plan to be "dead on arrival" can see that the budget has boxed Trump's supporters onto politically treacherous terrain.

The debt vote is sure to be hard for Republicans controlling Congress, most of whom voted against debt limit increases during former President Barack Obama's tenure.

A president's budget proposal is just that - a proposal. Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican, told Mr Mulvaney that Mr Trump's budget "presumes a Goldilocks economy" that never goes into recession.

The White House responded to Summers' critique calling the Obama administration's economic assumption of 4.5 percent growth rate unrealistic.

Early on, the administration's botched rollout of Trump's immigrant travel ban caught Republicans off-guard and scrambling to get basic information for their constituents.

"Taking money from someone without an intention to pay it back is not debt". From Europe where he is attending a world health conference, HHS Secretary Tom Price released a statement that said the budget "outlines a clear path toward fiscal responsibility by creating efficiencies that both improve services and save money". Clark replied, "I am shocked".

DeVos says school choice gives parents and children education opportunities regardless of their income, zip code and race.

Apparently, the budget forecasts that USA economic growth will rise to 3.0 percent because of the administration's policies - largely its tax cuts and perhaps also its regulatory policies.

Nevertheless, South Carolina Democrats, including Rep. Jim Clyburn and Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin criticized the budget for these and other cuts to programs, such as the Community Development Block grant program that funds housing and infrastructure projects. She said that's "cruel", "heartless" and "inhumane".

The plan, a reported $4.1 trillion for 2018, is certain to undergo major changes on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers rarely approve a president's budget wish list in its original form.

Democratic Representative Pramilla Jayapal of Washington said that that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programmes are "astonishing and frankly immoral".

At the same time, the budget calls for slashing spending by about $3.6 trillion over the course of a decade without increasing taxes or touching benefits in the two big entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare.

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