Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

President Trump's proposed budget would have significant effects in Shelby County

But Democrats on the committee slammed the administration, and charged that much of the cuts would rip apart the nation's "social safety net". Economists have doubts that either is possible, even if Trump's tax cuts are approved.

A debt-ceiling showdown in 2011 prompted Standard & Poor's to downgrade the USA credit rating for the first time.

He said he supports the proposed food stamp work requirement.

Trump's budget keeps to his campaign pledge to leave Medicare and Social Security pension benefits alone and contains spending increases for the military and veterans, but it treats most of the rest of the government as fair game. The president wants to cut the USAID budget by 30 percent.

Levi Russell, spokesman for Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group backed by billionaire Charles Koch, applauded Trump's call to balance the budget within 10 years, cut taxes and roll back regulations - moves he said would stimulate job growth.

The president does not touch the third rail of entitlement programs - Social Security and Medicare - but does cut $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. Ryan says "we can finally turn the page on the Obama era of bloated budgets that never balance". However, if the plan did pass, it would significantly reduce the amount of money given to food stamps.

He praised the president's initial budget released in March, while saying he was still "reviewing" the proposal's "impacts on the Sixth District specifically".

Mulvaney's appearance on Capitol Hill is just one of four planned for Wednesday, as Trump Cabinet officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, also will testify before House panels to defend the president's budget.

The scolding Mulvaney received from fellow Republicans was mild, however, compared with the criticism of Trump's budget he received from Democrats. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told Mulvaney that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programs are "astonishing and frankly immoral".

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-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.

Cole, a close ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., got dire. But the Republican budget likely to emerge will most certainly slap the poor and working families.

He also describes the president's recommendations as a "message budget to the right wing of the party". Without more than $2 trillion in such "economic feedback" over the coming decade, the nation's budget would never reach balance and would run a deficit of nearly $500 billion.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the subcommittee responsible for diplomacy and foreign aid spending, said: "If we implemented this budget, you'd have to retreat from the world or put a lot of people at risk".

The Trump budget could compound those restrictions by reducing the rate of growth in federal Medicaid funding even more. 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.

"But. you have said the foundation of your budget is 3% growth".

-Border security: The proposal includes $2.6 billion for border security technology, including money to design and build a wall along the southern border.

Fox News contributors and hosts defended President Donald Trump's draconian budget request for fiscal year 2018 by coalescing around a talking point also voiced by the White House that spending cuts for nutrition assistance programs are justified due to their gut feeling that too many people are using them. In agriculture, it would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, an idea already attacked by farm state lawmakers.

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