Trump Budget Requires Work for Food Stamps

USDOT Looking at 13% Cut Under New Trump Budget

USDOT Looking at 13% Cut Under New Trump Budget

The White House released its budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year earlier this week, and it includes massive cuts to domestic programs and increased defense spending. And it omits any proposal for negotiating prescription drug prices, a frequent Trump talking point.

South Carolina, with a 16.6 percent poverty rate, is heavily dependent on safety-net programs.

"Regarding the double-counting", Mulvaney said, "here's one of the things I think that a lot of folks have overlooked - and we did it on objective because it's sort of hard to count this, and you don't want to make too many assumptions - you have to make assumptions about a budget". Democrats say they're anxious that corporate and individual income tax cuts will increase the national debt. "They're really deep, deep cuts", said Republican Representative Hal Rogers, whose eastern Kentucky district relies heavily on federal aid.

As a candidate and as president Trump has frequently talked about making health care more affordable for regular folks, including by lowering premiums and deductibles.

"The Trump budget is shockingly extreme, the antithesis of what the American people have said they want from their government", Jayapal said. "And I think that's a very hard thing".

Coverage for children previously had not figured as a major issue for the administration, which separately is calling for paid parental leave.

Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican who chairs the homeland security subcommittee, says the proposed cuts of $767 million to state and local grant programs are "worrisome".

Trump's plan for the budget year beginning October 1 makes deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Numerous voters who propelled Trump into the presidency last November would see significantly less from the federal government.

However, it also claims those same tax cuts will help the U.S. economy achieve three per cent growth - effectively counting them twice. "They need this safety net".

Medicaid is facing even bigger cuts.

And, Social Security disability payments would be cut to some Americans as well, in the name of Mulvaney's theme of putting people back to work.

It's not clear from the budget if the 25 percent cut in food stamps would reduce how much each recipient would receive or if over 200,000 people in Alabama would be taken off the program.

Before becoming law, the budget will be subject to scrutiny and mass change by Congressional lawmakers.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget.

The White House's budget proposal calls for an $800 billion Medicaid cut over the next decade as well as a $193 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamp program over the same duration. 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. "This is the budget you write if you think working families have it too easy", said Sen.

Trump's balanced-budget goal depends not only on the growth projections but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations and "double counting" $2.1 trillion in revenue from economic growth — using it to both pay for tax cuts and bring down the deficit.

Lindsay Chambers, a Hawaii DOE spokesperson, said that HIDOE doesn't want to speculate about proposed cuts, until "we know exactly how this will impact the Department".

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