Trump's brutal cuts would do nothing to balance the budget

Pablo Tucker
March 20, 2017

Trump's budget outline covered just "discretionary" spending, or programs that must be renewed annually by Congress, for the 2018 fiscal year starting on October 1.

"The bad news is the budget proposed".

"Agency officials appearing as witnesses in authorization, appropriations, or oversight hearings should defer any questions related to the full Budget until after the Budget is released".

On health care, Mulvaney disputed the argument that low-income Trump voters in red states will be most likely to lose coverage under the GOP's proposed plan, saying the president plans to take care of his voters.

As members of both parties on Capitol Hill quickly pointed out, Congress actually writes the budget, so Trump's statement is relevant mainly for what it indicates about the executive branch's policy priorities. Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney engaged in a contentious exchange with reporters Thursday, as he defended cuts to the Meals on Wheels program for seniors.


A temporary bill that's now funding the government expires at the end of April. According to the budget, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department stand to see massive cuts, whereas the Department of Defense, the VA, and Homeland Security all will see an uptick in funding. But the right-wing conservatives around the president are getting their way, cutting out funding for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.

Mulvaney said that the $1.5 billion would be coming from the United States treasury and not Mexico, unlike what Trump said during the campaign.

The Budget also details plans to make better use of data to identify poorly performing federal organisations and programmes; to streamline processes in recruitment, management, procurement and elsewhere; and to more effectively hold federal agencies accountable for improving performance. Head Start and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families were also absent from the budget, as was the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Those who voted for Donald Trump because of his rhetoric about "draining the swamp" and his attacks on President Obama may reap the consequences of what happens when rhetoric becomes reality.

The president wants a $54 billion boost in defense spending and the money has to come from somewhere. Considering that MA is home to many well-known medical facilities, schools, and research facilities, the negative effects regarding medical progress could be far-reaching for the country.


In May, Trump will present the rest of his budget.

[Trump's budget] smacks of Reaganomics back in the 1980s with a large increase in defense spending and hefty cuts for programmes which are created to help the poor.

Petri describes the budget's name as "an exercise program where you eat only what you can catch, pump up your guns and then punch the impoverished in the face".

Mulvaney said, though, that the White House was unable to answer how much the wall will eventually cost or how many miles it will cover.


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