Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Trump's budget: 5 healthcare winners and 8 losers

Trump's budget: 5 healthcare winners and 8 losers

The preliminary document calls for massive spending reductions at the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, the Agricultural Department, and the Labor Department.

No one said it was an easy job.

John O'Grady, a leading union official who works for the EPA, told The Washington Post the agency was "already on a starvation diet, with a bare-bones budget".

At a hearing on Gov. Baker's own fiscal 2018 budget proposal, Rep. Paul Tucker, a Salem Democrat, asked Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton about the potential rollback in federal funds. There are also proposed cuts to climate change research, and worldwide climate change programs. We haven't finished the infrastructure program yet.

"But it is encouraging, and we're hopeful", said Joy Ilem, legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. "And I can assure you that we did not write this budget with an eye toward what it would do to the value of your condo".

Mulvaney said they will "move money around" HUD and not create any new programs. Many conservatives in the Republican-controlled Congress agree with Trump that domestic spending should be trimmed - but just how much should be cut is what lawmakers will start debating soon.

Mulvaney estimates that if the president's budget were to be approved by Congress, that the deficit would remain the same as it is now. "The administration's proposed budget will be akin to taking away the Agency's bread and water".

Height Securities analyst Peter Cohn combed through the new budget looking for stocks that could benefit under Trump's plan.

In an interview with Boston Public Radio on March 16, Governor Baker talked about Trump's budget blueprint, stating that, in particular, the $5.8 billion budget cut from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the national medical research agency, is "alarming" to him.

PAM FESSLER, BYLINE: At a hearing in New York City this week, public housing resident Sheryl Braxton complained about all the problems where she lives.

FESSLER: Dan Pruett runs Meals on Wheels Central Texas, which gets a third of its funding from the government. People do face a tax penalty, but the law also says the IRS can't use liens or levies on property as enforcement tools.

Community Services Block Grant: This program is eliminated in the budget. Those investments would help boost the size of the United States military and its war machines, put a $2.6 billion down payment on construction of a Southern border wall, and fund a $4.4 billion investment to modernize healthcare for veterans.

But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office made clear in its recent analysis that there's no way everyone will get insurance under the GOP's American Health Care Act.

MICK MULVANEY: We can not defend that anymore.

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