Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump budget proposal would dramatically cut foreign aid

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, says it's "basically dead on arrival". It also cuts billions of dollars from Medicaid while shifting more of the cost and responsibility to the states. It foresees an overhaul of the tax code, a boon to the wealthiest Americans.

Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian".

Other vulnerable Republican members of Congress, up for election in congressional districts that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won, were quick to denounce the plan, looking to contrast themselves with Trump. She suggested the damage would be mitigated by Congress, which is already pushing back on the cuts. He calls it "immoral". Another $72 billion over 10 years would come from Social Security's disability insurance program, including $50 billion in savings achieved by helping recipients obtain jobs and get off the program. "It's wrong. If a central policy is tax cuts, you should include tax cuts in your budget and account for them".

The first Pentagon budget proposed by President Donald Trump's administration calls for an increase in funding of $52.4 billion over President Barack Obama's final Defense Department funding request previous year.

"A secure fence along the southern border is an integral and necessary component of an effective strategy to control illegal immigration and safeguard our national security". Ryan says "we can finally turn the page on the Obama era of bloated budgets that never balance".

It includes steep cuts to many programs relied on by the poor, such as Medicaid and food stamps, and greater spending on the military. Lawmakers are expected to shy away from at least some of the many politically sensitive cuts proposed by Trump.

Also read: Trump's budget takes aim at illegal immigrants by limiting tax credits.

Sessions' new policies should lead to an increase in prison population, so the budget contains funding to fully open a new supermax prison in Thomson, Ill., with room for 1,500 to 2,000 inmates.

President Donald Trump's budget is getting an icy reception on Capitol Hill from many of his fellow Republicans.

Trump calls for Israel-Arab coalition against terrorism, extremism
The President had never been accused of explicitly mentioning Israel, just inappropriately divulging information it had provided. The interaction unfolded between the couple as they arrived in the country on Trump's first trip overseas as president.

Another senior Republican lawmaker, Fred Upton of MI, questioned inclusion of money for Trump's border wall, remarking: "I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, why is this in our budget?"

Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate subcommittee responsible for diplomacy and foreign aid spending, said Trump's proposal to cut the diplomacy and aid budget by one third would "gut soft power".

In a March letter urging prompt action, the Medicaid directors noted that while the end of September might seem far off, "as the program nears the end of its congressional funding, states will be required to notify current CHIP beneficiaries of the termination of their coverage".

He also describes the president's recommendations as a "message budget to the right wing of the party".

The poor and the disabled are big losers in President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal while the Pentagon is a big victor. Included in the budget are several cuts to Department of Housing and Urban Development programs, including cutting the funding to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, as well as the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP).

The budget sought USD 1.5 trillion in nondefense discretionary cuts and USD 1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade, while adding almost half a trillion dollars to defense spending, reports the Hill.

"The President's budget request is always subject to significant revision by Congress, and this budget will be no exception", said Sen.

While slashing social safety nets, Trump wants a 10 percent increase in military spending and $1.6 billion in funding for a wall on the border with Mexico - a small amount for a massive project estimated to cost between $22 billion and almost $70 billion to construct.

Under the proposed budget released Tuesday, the Trump Administration's proposed tax cuts would boost economic growth enough to pay for $1.3 trillion in spending by 2027. The plan claims to balance the budget in 10 years through deep cuts in domestic and safety-net spending, especially in Medicaid. Mulvaney said those changes would need to be made by lawmakers in the next farm bill legislation a year from now.

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