Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military

Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military

The proposal got a chilly reception from congressional Republicans and Democrats, who insist they will have the final say as they struggle to complete a health care bill and rewrite the tax code.

Under the proposed budget released Tuesday, the Trump Administration's proposed tax cuts boost would economic growth enough to pay for $1.3 trillion in spending by 2027.

Ryan Brown, the chief communications officer for the South Carolina Department of Education said several Every Student Succeeds Act programs would be eliminated, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grants would be cut by $166 million, almost 15 percent, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grants would be cut by $112 million.

Under the proposed budget, millionaires would realize a massive tax cut and middle-class families would be on the hook for paying, Casey said. Trump's proposal could have a disproportionate effect on Republican-leaning states - seven of the 10 states with the highest food stamp participation supported Trump.

The Washington Post, for its part, noted that for former President Barack Obama (2009-2017), the gap between rich and poor Americans was, as he said in a speech in 2013, "the defining challenge of our time".

Fiscal conservatives in the Senate, however, were more enthusiastic about the president and House bill's plans. "And for people who are on SNAP and people who are working, what more do we want from them?" But numerous states where residents rely most heavily on food stamps are also states where support for the president is strongest. He says Congress may soon hear from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) about a change in the deadline to raise the debt ceiling.

In her opening remarks, Black was the first to suggest the notion that the federal budget might have moral implications. Around 38,000 people receive food stamp in Madison county costing $60 million a year. "We're going to measure compassion by how many people we can get off these programs". Rep. Mark Sanford, a former SC governor who warmly greeted Mulvaney as a fellow fiscal hawk, jumped on him for the budget's assumption of 3 percent annual economic growth.

He has argued repeatedly that the cuts to anti-poverty and health programs would only introduce efficiencies into the system, while continue providing service to those in need. Just like many Democrats care about national defense. Those cuts rang alarm bells for many Republicans, who were particularly upset about proposals to eliminate community development block grants, slash medical research and eviscerate foreign aid.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Congress may hear soon about a date change for the debt ceiling.

Republican Representative Tom Cole, who represents an Oklahoma district that the Almanac of American Politics described as "countrified", predicted "Congress would look at some of those things differently" from the Trump administration's budget.

The Trump budget is not without worthy ideas, including the creation of a federally funded family leave program, a new fund to quickly respond to disease epidemics, the expansion of school-choice programs (albeit at a smaller-than-expected scale) and a perhaps-too-modest infrastructure plan that includes both direct federal spending and incentives for public-private partnerships (but also cuts to Amtrak and other existing infrastructure programs).



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