US House Speaker Pelosi slams White House's budget proposal

Henrietta Brewer
February 13, 2020

The White House says its tough spending decisions are created to reduce the deficit; White House officials have proposed cuts to housing, environmental programs, and other programs favored by Democrats. President Trump will move for a dramatic $11.7 billion cut in foreign aid in his annual federal budget set to be released this week, The Post has learned.

Under the budget proposal, the government would cut Medicare spending, relying on reductions in drug costs and tightening eligibility requirements for Social Security's disability program. "Every country gets this type of development aid [and] we don't think it serves a significant goal to be able to continue it", a senior administration official told The Post.

"Once again, the President is showing just how little he values the good health, financial security and well-being of hard-working American families", the Democratic leader said in a statement.

However, Trump's budget proposal calls for an increase to the Homeland Security funding and $2 billion in additional funding for his border wall, down from $5 billion previous year.

What Trump's budget signals for health care: Trump's budget proposes to reduce the growth in Medicare spending, but it does not propose cuts in Medicare benefits.

The budget is an election-year embodiment of numerous policy priorities Trump has championed over his first three years in office.

The budget for fiscal year 2021, which runs from October this year through September next year, projects federal deficit will hit 1 trillion dollars for current fiscal year and hover above 200 billion dollars after a decade, accounting for 4.9 percent and 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) respectively.

The budget calls for Medicaid work requirements for "able-bodied" adults and for "ending the financial bias that now favors able-bodied working-age adults over the truly vulnerable" in the program.

Amid the cuts, Trump is calling for an extra $57.8 million for vocational rehabilitation, an amount that is specified by law for inflation. The State Department announced on Monday that President Donald Trump's FY 2021 budget requests almost 41 billion U.S. dollars for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which the U.S. media said was an over 20 percent cut from the previous year's enacted appropriations.

Deficits have grown over each of the last three years, and the national debt has now exceeded $22 trillion.

The White House also said it is on track to double funds for non-defence AI research and development by 2022.

The president's plan, according totheWall Street Journal, calls for hiking America'salready outlandishmilitary spending to $740.5 billion in FY2021 and pouring $2 billion more into the construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"The Democrats on Capitol Hill have refused to consider the spending reforms the president has put forward", Vought said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television. "President Trump has made clear his aim is to dramatically scale back federal health spending", Levitt said.

The pay announcement came out on Monday, the same day officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the proposed budget for fiscal 2021.

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