Rep. Lloyd Smucker questions Trump's budget director

Rep. Lloyd Smucker questions Trump's budget director

Rep. Lloyd Smucker questions Trump's budget director

The president was out of town.

This latest column once again exposes the hypocrisy of Milbank: "The Trump administration assumes 3 percent growth for the next 10 years, a level not seen in decades". If Congress allows either fund to run dry, millions of Americans living on fixed incomes would face steep cuts in benefits.

Many rank-and-file Republicans recoiled from the cuts, however, which would squeeze foreign aid and domestic programmes funded annually by Congress by about 10% next year and 1.4 trillion U.S. dollars £1.1 trillion) (over the coming decade. Also lopped off is $192 billion for food assistance.

-College Students: Trump's proposal would cut student loans by $143 billion over the next decade. Trump's proposal could have a disproportionate effect on Republican-leaning states - seven of the 10 states with the highest food stamp participation supported Trump. This latter point may prove popular with some of the president's base, but it remains a heartless cut.

"Those findings, combined with the proposed $600-plus billion in additional reduced Medicaid spending included in Trump's budget, represent "'draconian" cuts to the nation's social safety net are an "assault' on veterans and their families", the senator said. Also, the spending plan calls for $200 million in federal infrastructure investments in order to leverage private investments of about $800 billion.

The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins October 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting off an extended debate in which Democrats are already attacking the administration for trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.

While Mulvaney gets the basic measure correct, his claim about the debt relative to growth is also suspect because of the administration's economic assumptions, which include an overly optimistic projection of economic growth.

The West Lampeter Republican first said he prefers to balance the federal budget because small businesses like his former contracting company have to balance their own budgets. "It's just not going to happen".

Trump wants a major revision of the federal tax code, which could stimulate the economy, but there are no details for such tax reform.

Cole oversees spending on health and social welfare programs as chairman of a House Appropriations panel and has a medical research facility important to his district that relies on federal funding. The program would no longer be an open-ended entitlement, and one of the ways states are expected to respond is by restricting eligibility. If states with responsible leaders have to pick up the burden, taxes will rise locally. He suggested that in future budgets that may not be the case.

Congress is unlikely to approve such deep cuts in the program, since it affects constituents so broadly.

Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican whose district encompasses eastern and southeastern OH, challenged Mulvaney on the wisdom of the budget's call to eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission.

"You can not move quickly to pull the rug out from under people who need help", Kasich said. So there will be haggling ahead.

A day after the budget's release, a handful of senior administration officials fanned out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, facing tough questions from Democrats opposed to the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year and Republicans skeptical about the administration's math.

First, the proposal is dead on arrival on Capitol Hill.

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