Key benchmarks in President Donald Trump's budget

Key benchmarks in President Donald Trump's budget

Key benchmarks in President Donald Trump's budget

The Poor: Trump's budget would slash Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program by $616 billion over the next decade. Those cuts might hit Utah recipients less because Utah never expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In 2016, about 7.7 million people received WIC benefits each month, with children and infants accounting for almost six million in the program. Its proposal calls for significant cuts to social safety net programs and assumes more robust economic growth.

This February, in Trump's first full month in office, there were 74,980,323 people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Trump would keep campaign pledges to leave core Medicare and Social Security benefits for the elderly alone, but that would translate into even deeper cuts in programs for the poor such as Medicaid and food stamps. But the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used the fund to pay for items that had previously been part of the regular defense budget, essentially using the fund as a loophole to maintain higher defense spending.

Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, defending an administration that promises more economic growth than many think it can deliver, said Tuesday it's the Obama administration that went overboard in its forecasts for growth.

To do this, he would apparently add cuts to other safety-net programs, including housing and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as food stamps. Instead, the US taxpayer will foot the bill.

But published reports put the scope of those cuts at $3.6 trillion over a decade, including $800 billion cuts to Medicaid funding in that span, a $1.92 billion cut from food stamps and a $38 billion reduction to farm subsidies, as well as cuts to student aid, science funding and more.

"It is time to prioritise the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share", the president said in his message to the Congress.

Steve Bell, a Republican who was staff director of the Senate Budget Committee in the 1980s, indicated that the Trump budget is so unrealistic that it endangers Republican priorities like tax reform.

Pearce also praised the "support Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Lab, and WIPP". US growth during the first quarter was 0.7 percent, and for all of previous year it was 1.6 percent.

The Kaiser Family Foundation tracks Medicaid enrollment by state and found New Mexico has a total Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment of 787,110 as of March of 2017.

Even Republicans in New Jersey's federal delegation were lukewarm to Trump's concept.

In truth, Trump's first budget is merely a decent start. Trump administration officials defend the cuts by saying the rest of the world must do its "fair share" as the United States retreats from its traditional spending overseas.

The Congressional Budget Office, in comparison, estimates the nation will see 1.9 percent growth on average for the next 10 years.

At the same time, the blueprint boosts spending for the military by tens of billions and calls for $1.6 billion for a border wall with Mexico that Trump repeatedly promised voters the US neighbor would finance. He added that it's "important to adequately fund the critical programs and services many Americans, like my constituents in California's Central Valley, rely on every day". He suggested that in future budgets that may not be the case.

The $1.6 billion is a fraction of the estimated cost of the controversial wall. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have criticised the size of the cuts to the State Department and US Agency for International Development. Tax cuts would primarily benefit the affluent.

"Trump's budget would cause disproportionate pain in the rural communities he promised to help - including those in Southern and Southwest Virginia and the Valley - by eliminating the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration, and clean coal research that could help revitalize Southwest Virginia's economy", Kaine said in a prepared statement. Critics, including former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, have pointed out that the budget double-counts $2 trillion in order to claim that it balances. Trump's new budget is based on sustained growth above 3 percent, sharply higher than the expectations of most private economists.

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