Trump Budget Calls For $3 Trillion In Cuts To Medicare To Pay For $1.5T Tax Cut, Border Wall, PBS Shuttered
President Trump released the White House budget today, and it is about what you would expect, only a little more dramatic. Trump is asking for additional funding for the military and the Pentagon, and $18 billion for the Mexican border wall. But he’s also proposing more than $3 trillion in cuts over the next decade.
Also included–and maybe the only proposals that have a chance for bipartisan agreement–is an infrastructure plan that seeks $200 billion in government funds. There’s also a call for $85.5 billion for veterans’ medical care and additional programs to help retired members of the military. And then there’s a $17 billion plan for opioid-related spending through 2019.
Other than that, the proposal is a disaster that only the most conservative of Republicans will go for. A slew of federal agencies face deep cuts, including the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Interior Department. Other agencies and programs, such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the TIGER grant program, and the Community Development Block Grant program, would all be eliminated.
Trump also plans to reform welfare programs including Medicare. He’s also calling for the repeal of Obamacare and replacing it with the Graham-Cassidy bill that converts ObamaCare subsidies into block grants for states.
Despite signing a bipartisan bill to raise defense and nondefense spending caps for 2018 and 2019 by about $300 billion, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney added an amendment to the budget stating that though Trump “strongly” supports the new spending levels in the budget, he wants to reduce the nondefense spending by $57 below the new cap.
“We believe that this level responsibly accounts for the cap deal while taking into account the current fiscal situation,” Mulvaney wrote.
Champions of big budget, mostly Republicans, cuts loved the new plan. “This budget lays out a thoughtful, detailed, and responsible blueprint for achieving our shared agenda,” said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Democrats quickly criticized the plan. “The budget is a statement of our values, but the President’s brutal collection of broken promises and staggering cuts shows he does not value the future of seniors, children, and working families,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated.
The plan isn’t even “America First,” as would hurt too many Americans to even count as that. It’s a budget to turn the country into a military state and justify Trump’s tax cut for the wealthy.
However, as The Hill notes, “Like other presidential budgets, Trump’s blueprint will almost certainly not become law.”
Hopefully, they are right.