Trump budget slashes safety-net programs

Trump's budget proposal calls for slashing federal spending over the next 10 years through cuts across most agencies, including government safety-net programs.

President Trump is expected to propose $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next 10 years, but polling shows that might not be a popular decision. Lawmakers from both parties have said major changes will be needed as the measure moves through Congress. It's a stunning breakdown of how much the Trump administration's combined proposals would do to slash the health insurance program that covers low-income Americans. However, that goal depends on growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic and a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations.

Trump has criticized the ongoing increase in entitlements pushed by his predecessor Barack Obama during and after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, since this does not provide incentives for people to return to the labour market and contributes to an disequilibrium in the public accounts.

During the campaign, Trump attacked the weak economic growth of the Obama years, and pledged that his economic program would boost growth from the lackluster 2 percent rates seen since the recovery began in mid-2009.

"We went down the list: Yes, Yes, No, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, No", said Mulvaney.

US President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to cut US$3.6 trillion (S$5 trillion) in government spending over the next decade, taking aim in an austere budget unveiled on Tuesday at health care and food assistance programmes for the poor while boosting the military. The proposal also includes big cuts in Social Security's disability programme.

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According to Manchin's office, about 25 percent of West Virginians get Social Security benefits.

To achieve balance, the plan by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney relies on optimistic estimates of economic growth, and the surge in revenues that would result, while abandoning Trump's promise of a "massive tax cut". "If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed to be, you're not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work".

"If those folks go back to work full-time, they're now paying into the system".

The economic assumptions supporting the new budget plan instantly raised bipartisan eyebrows. The president is also calling for $25bn to introduce the US' first nationwide paid parental leave programme.

The budget envisions changes to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, a cornerstone of USA global health assistance, which supports HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and counseling for millions of people worldwide.

Specifically, Trump's budget would lift the spending cap on defence and pump a further $54bn into the department in 2018.

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While the bipartisan resistance to the budgetary ideas will be huge, the White House's attempt does represent the first bid in a long process to funding the government. "Oklahomans now receiving SNAP. should not be concerned about immediate changes". It includes a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, federal employee pensions, welfare benefits, and farm subsidies.

Reaction among North Dakota leaders to President Donald Trump's 2018 federal budget proposal was split along party lines Tuesday, with Republicans calling parts of the budget a good start while Democrats blasted it as being harmful to wide swaths of the population.

Presidential budgets are mere suggestions, and the White House has discretion to assume higher economic growth rates of up to 3 percent or so under Trump's agenda of tax changes, loosened regulations and infrastructure spending.

The president would reduce almost a third of funding for diplomacy and foreign aid including global health and food aid, peacekeeping and other forms of non-military foreign involvement. For years now, our nation has continued to saddle future generations with increasing debt financed by out-of-control deficit spending.

Overall, the budget would reduce spending on means-tested anti-poverty programs by $272 billion over the next 10 years.

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