Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet Pope Francis, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Vatican. "In fact, that's Trumponomics", he said in his opening statement, arguing that the nation will never pay off its "crushing debt" unless the USA achieves a growth rate that economists across the ideological spectrum say is nearly impossible to achieve.

"These are steep cuts to key federal education programs that are used to increase student access to effective educators, prepare students for jobs and careers through career and technology programs, and support at risk students", Brown said.

It's worse than even some of President Trump's most vociferous critics could have imagined.

The Mulvaney Doctrine, as defined by watchdog group Public Citizen in a report (pdf) released Thursday, prioritizes concern over federal deficits and debt-but only when that concern helps to advance a corporate agenda.

Democratic Representative Pramilla Jayapal of Washington said that that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programmes are "astonishing and frankly immoral".

All $880 billion in Medicaid cuts included in the Republican health plan that has passed the House, plus $610 billion in additional cuts due to adopting an even stingier formula for increasing Medicaid funding year over year.

The budget also slashes funding for other low-income assistance programs, the State Department, worldwide aid and the Department of Education. There are massive proposed cuts in food stamps, along with deep reductions in agricultural subsidies and water and sewer improvements.

"Either the $2 trillion of added cash inflows resulting from faster economic growth can pay for more government spending and reduce the need for government to borrow, or that $2 trillion can replace the cash lost to the government from cutting taxes and reduce the size of painful tax increases you need to propose", Hennessey wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

THE FACTS: Mulvaney is being artfully evasive about the health care program for families and the poor. At a time of sluggish worker productivity, an aging workforce and slower spending by consumers, most economists say the promises are farfetched.

In terms of cuts, while the budget largely keeps in place social security spending and medicare, the health system for older people, it includes a proposal to slash Medicaid, the healthcare assistance programme for low-income people.

Mulvaney, a former USA congressman, later said that it was typical of how Democrats talk about Republican White House budgets.

Trump's budget is simply a proposal.

The budget, however, also engages in some standard budget gimmickry - not only overly optimistic growth rates, but lower interest payments on debt and $142 billion from "actions to improve payment accuracy and tighten administrative controls". "And for people who are on SNAP and people who are working, what more do we want from them?"

Mulvaney also told the panel it will take cuts to Social Security and Medicare to balance the budget in the future. But then the $2 trillion is also counted as economic growth for the objective of reducing the deficit.

That is not the only problem with President Trump's US$ 4.1tr federal budget, according to analysts on both sides of the political divide.

Now some GOP lawmakers are speaking out.

The budget does feature one major new domestic initiative - offering paid parental leave at a projected cost of $25 billion over the next decade.

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".

Related news