Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Foster: Trump budget proposal 'disastrous' for hardworking Americans

Foster: Trump budget proposal 'disastrous' for hardworking Americans

The budget, which is the largest in federal history, includes a almost 5% increase in military spending - more than asked for - and an additional $8.6bn for Trump's wall on the border to Mexico.

It cuts $845 billion, nearly a trillion dollar cut in Medicare, and nearly a quarter trillion, $240 billion cut in Medicaid. Why?

"He's not cutting Medicare in this budget", asserted acting White House budget director Russell Vought. While simultaneously slashing so many other things, increasing Pentagon spending doesn't make sense at a time when the Pentagon's budget is already over-bloated and mismanaged. Interior is seeking a total of $50mn for renewable energy development on onshore and offshore federal lands, an increase of $390,000 compared with existing levels, which comes after a record-breaking $405mn lease sale last year for offshore wind leases off MA last year.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday that the president's budget plan continues his "pro-job creation policies, keeps taxes low, combats the opioid epidemic, protects our veterans, defends our nation and secures our borders". The Trump administration wants to eliminate that differential.

In the White House, Trump went back on his promise not to cut Medicaid. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Committee. We're not going to be bashful about that. "But we must also think about how we can help families to access financial programs, educational opportunities, and higher paying jobs". The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget found actual savings of $515 billion or $575 billion, depending on how those savings are calculated. "We are clearly headed in an ominous direction".

As usual, it will take a more immediate emergency for Congress to act.

"President Trump's budget proposal is nothing short of an attack on our education system".

President Donald Trump's "I LOVE YOU!" tweet to farmers is facing another challenge: Budget cuts that will slash subsidies for crop insurance and small growers. He called the proposal "malicious".

The fiscal 2020 budget, released today, would make deep cuts to non-defense government spending. The department's total gross discretionary funding would go down to $44.1 billion in 2020 from this year's $52.8 billion.

The White House budget also includes provisions meant to lower prescription drug spending and allocates $4.8 billion to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic, along with $291 million next year to fight HIV/AIDS.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made it clear that they would not approve the wall money. "But I do appreciate the president's signaling that he wants to actually balance the budget".

Affordable housing groups have slammed the proposed budget.

The budget at the same time would cut other spending on renewables, efficiency and climate change.

"We're also finding waste, fraud, and abuse", Vought added. And after 2019, growth is projected to slow further to an average of 1.7 percent through 2023.

"If we can reduce the regulatory state and get health care costs down, we can get the economic engine going, and then restrain spending".

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