Trump Budget Especially Harmful to New Jersey, Advocates Warn

Andrew Cummings
May 25, 2017

Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian".

Congressional Democrats are harshly criticizing President Donald Trump's budget for 2018, saying it contradicts numerous promises he made on the presidential campaign trail.

To be fair, some Wall Street analysts have cited Trump's tax cut ideas as possible catalysts for GDP reaching 2.3 percent by 2020 - that's according to the latest quarterly poll of forecasters by the Philadelphia Fed. "This is the budget you write if you think working families have it too easy", said Sen. He calls it "immoral".

Mulvaney said Washington should work like "real life" where you don't say a budget is cut if it doesn't increase from one year to the next.

President Trump's proposed budget would likely result in billions of dollars of cuts to vital health and human services programs in California, state Democratic lawmakers and advocates for the poor said Tuesday.

The Trump administration says huge cuts in government spending are critical to cut the deficit, and are a moral imperative.

According to Sanford, they need to see real numbers to ensure they aren't doing more damage than good, adding he believes it's wrong to insinuate they can balance the budget without making some hard choices. To achieve balance, Trump is seeking sharp cuts in a variety of programs for the poor from Medicaid to food stamps and disability payments.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The poor and the disabled are big losers in President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal while the Pentagon is a big victor.

CNBC's John Harwood asked about Trump's promise not to touch Medicaid.

The president's plan unveiled Tuesday proposes a number of cuts in domestic spending while boosting funding for defense programs.

The president promised to fully fund a border wall, with plans to make Mexico pay for it later, in his "Contract With the American Voter". US growth during the first quarter was 0.7 percent, and for all of past year it was 1.6 percent.

Mark Sanford ripped apart the Trump administration's economic projections, saying a 3 percent growth rate is an unrealistic estimate.

Budget experts, Democrats and Republicans challenged the economic assumptions of the White House and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. But many outside observers, like Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, say that 3 percent growth target is highly unlikely.

He notes that some Republicans have already distanced themselves from the budget recommendations and that if Republicans actually did seek to enact it, he could "guarantee the American people would rise up and reject their policies and would reject them".

"The budget director and the president are trying to sell this as a "people first" budget", Dr. Zaino told PIX11 News.

Under this budget, the government's top spending priority is the military. "That said, I believe some of the cuts requested -particularly the drastic cuts aimed at the federal crop insurance program - are misguided and fail to address the biggest drivers of debt in our country".

Such deep cuts to such programmes have been attacked by Democrats and even some Republicans - and they will be tough to defend when Trump officials appear on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss the plan.

The organization knows firsthand that President Trump's proposed budget, if passed, would have a huge effect in this part of NY. Without more than $2 trillion in such "economic feedback" over the coming decade, the budget would never reach balance and would run a deficit of nearly $500 billion.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is pleased the budget projects a balance and says he's never encountered a presidential budget that people didn't declare "dead on arrival".

"Medicaid, which inadequately serves enrollees and taxpayers, must be reformed to allow States to manage their own programs, with continued financial support from the Federal Government", the budget reads.

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