Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Every agency and department will be driven to achieve greater efficiency and to eliminate wasteful spending in carrying out their honorable service to the American people".

A MI group is calling on lawmakers to pay attention to the President's budget and the cuts they say will hurt MI families.

USA military personnel wait in line for Thanksgiving dinner at a coalition air base in Qayara south of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. "The budget process, if not broken, is not functioning the way that it was designed".

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a senior member of the budget and appropriations committees, said the White House budget is a "useful debating document" but it is full of proposals that simply can not pass in Congress. Cole predicted that numerous deep spending cuts, such as those to Meals on Wheels and the National Institutes of Health, would not succeed.

Since when do administrations propose anything besides increasing spending?

Freshman Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., began the barrage by telling Mulvaney that Trump's budget proposal is "shockingly extreme".

"It's not that easy to get rid of it", Goldwein said.

"That would be huge, if somehow we could get that, we would have barely any budget deficit this year", Goldwein said. He went on to call the administration's budget an "assault on science". Paramedics hospitalized over a dozen people who were sick in the downtown area where the homeless gather during the incident.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was lukewarm in defending Trump's budget to Democrats and some Republicans who rejected proposed cuts to farm programs and food stamps.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, bedrock Republican states that Trump won have long food-stamp rolls: 3.8 million people in Texas, 682,077 in Vice President Mike Pence's home state of in, 815,000 in Alabama and 1.6 million in Georgia, for example.

A fellow Republican is lacing into President Donald Trump's budget, saying his promises to balance it are based on fanciful economic projections.

All Americans. A budget without a heart should be dead on arrival.

"You would hope that they would want to ask the folks who know the most about it", said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, adding he and his staff were not consulted ahead of the proposal of large crop insurance cuts which he can not support.

Strow said the large dollar figures in the budget tend to glaze over the eyes of the general public. Augustine doesn't agree with the administration's proposal to do away with Arpa-E, although he says he can understand that one might incorrectly believe that industry will pick up the slack for that agency.

Budget proposals from presidents are often more of an outline of an administration's priorities rather than a realistic piece of legislation.

Layfield is focused on the federally-supported housing numbers.

"We have to explain what this really means to the average family in America, the average family in Bowling Green", Layfield said.

Cuts in State Department funding, especially in the area of diplomatic security, were often cited by Democrats in attempts to cast blame on Republican lawmakers for the lack of more robust security at the Benghazi diplomatic outpost that was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2012.

"It is hard to comprehend", Chick said.

Science: The American Association for the Advancement of Science estimates the budget proposal would cut overall federal spending on scientific research by 16.8 percent. These programs provide health insurance for millions of poor families.

Republican lawmakers already face a time crunch, given that Trump offered his budget three months past the statutory deadline in February. During the teleconference, Research!America president Mary Woolley cited estimates that these cuts to the NIH alone in 2018 would mean the loss of almost 90,000 jobs and $15 billion (£12 billion) in economic activity, as well as 2000 fewer research grants.

So if the budget doesn't rebuild the military, what does it do?

Defense spending and border security would get significant boosts. Congress needs to use this budget as a roadmap.

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