White House spending plan boosts military, hurts poor


White House spending plan boosts military, hurts poor

Federal spending on SNAP - formerly know as food stamps - would decrease by $191 billion over 10 years, a decrease of about 29 percent. It assumes Republicans will repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, known as "Obamacare", while reducing Medicaid, eliminating student loan subsidies, sharply slashing food stamps and cutting $95 billion in the program for highway funds for the states.

The Pentagon would get a spending hike, and there would be a $1.6 billion down payment to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, which was a central promise of Trump's presidential campaign.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called the plan a "Taxpayer First Budget", and he said they worked to jettison any spending that they felt they could not defend.

Critics have already pointed out that Trump's budget plan predicts near-impossible levels economic growth in order to pay for its tax cuts and increased military spending.

When the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) earlier this month, GOP lawmakers made it painfully clear that they meant to cut and dismantle Medicaid as we know it. Cuts to Medicaid as proposed by the AHCA would shift more than $6 billion dollars onto North Carolina state government as the proposal dismantles Medicaid's current funding structure and devolves it to a "per capita" cap or block grant.

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More than eight in 10 food stamp recipients, or 83 percent, are for households with children, the elderly or a disabled person.

"President Trump's budget is a stark showcase of the president' s broken promises to America's hard-working families", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday in a statement.

"We need people to go to work", Mulvaney said.

The budget envisions changes to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, a cornerstone of US global health assistance, which supports HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and counseling for millions of people worldwide. The program now serves 42 million people, a number that hasn't changed much in a sluggish, recovering economy. "I had plenty of money for food".

Gov, John Hickenlooper called Trump's budget proposal "devastating".

Even with this flawed document and the poisonous atmosphere, the administration's proposed $200 billion for infrastructure projects over 10 years could pave the way for some congressional accord.

"Clearly Congress will take that budget, and then work on our own budget, which is the case every single year, but at least we now have common objectives", House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters.

Angela Rachidi, a research fellow at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, thinks the budget's emphasis on work requirements is a move in the right direction, but says the administration's proposals are premature.

Cuts $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next decade.

Since Congress controls spending under the U.S. Constitution, the objections from top lawmakers make it unlikely the deep cuts will be passed.

One of President Trump's proposals would limit government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults who don't have dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely without finding work.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus said earlier this year that Trump would have to show how he would offset the cost of a wall, which Democrats flatly oppose.

Chris Hastedt, the public policy director for Maine Equal Justice Partners, says the cuts to social welfare programs are unprecedented and cruel.

"We have borrowed from our children and their future for too long, the devastating consequences of which can not be overstated", it says.