Trump's Budget Hurts Women More Than Men, And No One Is Surprised

The submission will set off months of debate in Congress. Democrats have already voiced strong opposition to the plan, and even Republicans are wary of the political dangers in Trump's draconian cuts.

The Trump Administration on May 23 released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget, which immediately generated negative responses from Democrats who decried the White House plan to reduce the federal share of Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years. Speaking with reporters, he called Trump's budget a "recommendation" that "will not be determinative of what happens here". It is a despicable way to try to excuse a heartless, cruel budget clearly created to somehow keep campaign promises no matter what.

In the White House's justification of the SNAP cuts, it said that it would be closing certain eligibility loopholes, modifying income and benefit calculations to ensure that only the neediest people receive food stamps. Numerous voters who propelled Trump into the presidency last November would see significantly less from the federal government.

Defense spending and border security would get significant boosts. Trump repeatedly promised voters during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, a notion that Mexican officials rejected.

But Mulvaney stood by the administration's position, and slammed the "certain narrative" that Republicans "don't care about poor people", standing by the confidence social safety nets give people to "take risks and go out on their own". It would also force some people on Social Security's disability program back into the workforce.

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that about 30 percent of the roughly two million people who are struggling with opioid and heroin addiction in the US receive treatment from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. They're not mere savings.

"If it's important enough for us to have then we should be paying for it, because right now my unborn grandchildren are going to be paying for it, " Mulvaney said.

Overall, according to a Reuters analysis, states would see federal aid shrink under the proposals by 3 percent in the next fiscal year, with cuts falling more heavily on states that voted for Clinton.

Also on the block are student loan subsidies, highway money for the states and a crop insurance program. "Three percent growth is not something we should talk about, but something that should drive everything". "Come on. That doesn't add up". But House conservatives also want to embark on a round of cuts to benefit programs and are open to Trump's suggestions for cuts to mandatory programs such as federal employee pensions.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said the White House budget would cripple rural areas of her state by reducing Medicaid funding for hospitals and skilled nursing centers, in locales where Trump received overwhelming support last November. Sen. Dick Durbin of IL. Two weeks ago, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey with little to no heads-up to GOP leaders, some of whom were left struggling to explain, much less defend, the president's decision.

-The Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay: Trump's budget would eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Program, saving $427 million next year.

Mr Trump's balanced-budget goal depends not only on 3 per cent growth projections - which most economists view as overly optimistic - but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600bn (£463bn) peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney pushed back against Democratic claims that social safety net cuts included in the Trump Administration's FY 2018 budget proposal might harm poor Americans.


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