Trump's budget director defends plans to cut social programs

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It would also force some people on Social Security's disability program back into the workforce. It foresees an overhaul of the tax code, a boon to the wealthiest Americans.

But Mr. Mulvaney said during a press briefing on Tuesday that the alleged gimmick was done "on purpose".

Those very people Mulvaney is citing - men and women forced to work multiple jobs due to low wages or to work overtime to make ends meet - are the people who will be hurt the most by Trump's budget cuts. "Why do we change it?"

"The President's "stop deciding to be poor" approach to the budget is a fundamental misstep that would permanently cripple the most vulnerable communities in the short run and erode our country's global leadership in the long run". He calls it "immoral".

Members of Idaho's congressional delegation have been characteristically measured in their initial assessment of the Trump budget. Sen. But then the $2 trillion is also counted as economic growth for the goal of reducing the deficit. We don't really know.

But there is no question the proposed budget favors the wealthy over the poor.

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Food stamp cuts would drive millions from the program, while a wave of Medicaid cuts - on top of more than $800 billion in the House-passed health care bill - could deny nursing home care to millions of elderly poor people.

The budget does feature a handful of domestic initiatives, including a six-week paid parental leave program championed by Trump's daughter, Ivanka, that would be designed and financed by the states through cuts to unemployment insurance.

Another discrepancy is in the Trump administration's call for an elimination of the estate tax.

The house of cards is built on the assumption the economy will grow by 3 percent over the next decade.

President Trump's proposed budget was unveiled earlier this week and it includes a $2 trillion math mistake.

His argument is that Medicaid funding will still increase in dollar terms each year during the 10-year budget window. The Trump administration says this would help move people off the rolls.

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), a program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, would also experience budget losses.

The House Freedom Caucus, which consists of conservative Republicans, says it doesn't want to raise the debt ceiling without even more budget cuts. Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican and chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

It is unlikely that even a papal audience will miraculously make Trump a responsible leader, but holding the line on American values shouldn't be too tall an order. The administration has requested $2.6 billion for overall border security.

Democratic Representative Salud Carbaja asked the budget director how a 30 per cent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, as Mr Trump suggests, would affect future generations.

This is a budget created to reduce dependence on the government, as Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the spending plans Tuesday. "Fundamentally, this is a deeply unserious proposal that should be roundly rejected by both parties here in Congress".

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