Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

The biggest broken promises of President Trump's proposed budget

Mulvaney said earlier this year that funding EPA programs was a "a waste of your money", but that "core functions of the EPA can be satisfied with this budget".

The Trump administration has pitched its budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year as a boon to Americans who make enough to pay federal income tax while encouraging those who rely on federal benefits to dig themselves out of poverty through work. Specifically, we're referring to its long-term economic assumptions.

The administration sees roughly $550 billion of that offset coming from "assumed economic growth", says Marc Goldwein, senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs, an advocacy group representing more than 100 anti-poverty organizations, called on lawmakers to "reject the bleak and unsafe vision in President Trump's budget".

Trump's first budget proposal to Congress includes $1.7 trillion in entitlement spending cuts over 10 years, including $800 billion from Medicaid and other benefits programs.

And Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, criticized the proposal's cuts to programs that fund restoration projects for his state's coastline. It would also force some people on Social Security's disability program back into the workforce. "This budget isn't worthy of the American people, and it betrays the millions of struggling Americans who placed their hopes in Donald Trump".

Millions of Americans are enrolled in these government-funded safety net programs.

Donald Trump's top budget adviser defended the sweeping cuts proposed to social, foreign aid and environmental programs in the President's budget on Tuesday, arguing that the White House could no longer ask taxpayers for money to fund programs they believe to be inefficient. "If you're on food stamps, and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work".

Mulvaney said Tuesday that "sustained, 3 percent economic growth" is the foundation of Trump-enomics that everything the administration does is based on. It would also increase spending on immigration control and border security and provide another $200 billion for infrastructure projects over 10 years. The new program has been championed by Trump's daughter, Ivanka.

Trump is also targeting the Medicaid health program that provides care to the poor and disabled, and nursing home care to millions of older people who could not otherwise afford it.

-The Disabled: Trump's budget calls for cutting Social Security disability benefits by almost $70 billion over the next decade by encouraging and, in some cases, requiring people receiving the benefits to re-enter the workforce.

In addition, the budget would make another Dollars 610 billion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years by transitioning the program from a traditional entitlement to either a block grant program or a per-capita program that puts a ceiling on federal Medicaid funding to states.

Some people in Southwest Florida are preparing for a food stamp fight.

Other cuts in Trump's budget include reductions in pension benefits for federal workers, in part by requiring employees to make higher contributions.

"Reports about details of Trump budget lay to rest any belief that he's looking out for the people the economy has left behind", Bob Greenstein, the President of Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research and policy institute, tweeted on Monday. There would be three tax brackets - 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent - instead of the current seven, and there's a promise to lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent.

How? The budget aims to curtail massive US deficits in part by cutting payments to disabled workers by $72 billion over the next 10 years.

We've yet to dive into the weeds of USA president Donald Trump's latest budget proposal, but we're pleased to see he is proposing some long-overdue cuts to the federal behemoth - as much as $3.6 trillion over the coming decade, as a matter of fact.

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