Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Testifying before the House's budget committee, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the cuts as ways to reduce the government's debt and balance the budget.

Critics, including former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, have pointed out that the budget double-counts $2 trillion in order to claim that it balances. "While the President's budget proposal is a statement of priorities for his administration, the ultimate responsibility for passing a budget and funding the government rests with Congress", Toomey said. "Instead of keeping his promises, this budget is further evidence that President Trump has fully embraced the agenda of far right congressional Republicans, which prioritizes tax cuts for those at the very top above all else".

With many programs expected to see billions slashed, let's take a closer look at the specific programs that could be negatively impacted and the rationale behind such huge cuts.

Essentially, the tax cuts would need to earn $4 trillion, not $2 trillion, to come close to balancing.

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"Here's what I'm happy about".

Mulvaney said, "This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes". But they also credit the Trump administration with at least trying to get things into balance, and welcome the bullish attitude on the economy.

-The Poor, Part III: Trump's budget would cut funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by $22 billion over the next decade.

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-Young Workers: By not addressing Social Security or Medicare benefits for retirees, Trump's budget increases the likelihood that young workers will eventually face either significant benefit cuts or big tax increases.

"To most people, plain language, slashing Medicaid would mean we spend less next year than we did this year".

Mr Mulvaney responded by pointing out that there were 47 million people on Snap at the height of the recession, and now there's 42 to 44 million. In agriculture, the proposed budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, a move already attacked by farm state lawmakers.

-The Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay: Trump's budget would eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Program, saving $427 million next year. Some $200 billion in federal infrastructure investments are promised to leverage another $800 billion in private investment, though the idea has yet to get much traction.

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Donald Trump's budget director has faced fire from Democrats as he attempted to defend the President's budget proposal - which would slash federal spending on social safety-net programmes by more than $1 trillion (£77.2bn) over the next 10 years.

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