The White House formally unveiled the final version of the 2018 budget proposal Tuesday, but the move was met with a strong pushback from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. With some calling the budget “immoral,” “cruel,” or simply “dead on arrival,” most congressmen agree the budget plan “isn’t going anywhere.”
Trump’s Budget Plan Breaks Many of His Campaign Promises
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said Trump campaign pledges to American people should be honored by keeping healthcare affordable, which is one of the many things the president’s proposed budget doesn’t do.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) blasted the Trump administration for coming with a budget plan that does nothing more than exposing Trump’s campaign promises as “just cheap and empty rhetoric” designed to attract more votes.
Trump’s first budget proposal includes massive cuts to Medicaid and Social Security, two programs Trump promised to save “without cuts.” Under the new plan and the GOP’s healthcare overhaul, Medicaid will lose around $800 billion over the next decade.
Other programs designed to help the poor such as the food stamps program and the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) would be either gone or severely reduced. The new document comes with a flurry of tax cuts too.
White House is Worried about Taxpayers
The White House’s budget director Mick Mulvaney argues that the budget cuts are designed to prevent wasteful government spending, fix the federal deficit, and boost the U.S. economy.
After the plan was revealed, Mulvaney said that the administration looked at the budget “from the eyes of the people who were actually paying the bills.” Mulvaney underlined that previous administrations had looked at the budget from the perspective of those who benefit from the programs. Trump’s budget director acknowledged that the U.S. government hasn’t spent enough time focusing on taxpayers footing the bill for those programs.
However, Mulvaney’s kind words did not make the budget plan more palatable for Congress. Both Republicans and Democrats pointed out that the new proposal breaks many of Trump’s campaign promises.
Democrats and Republicans Blast the Proposed Budget
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D – N.M.) noted that the budget hits the countryside quite hard such as his home state. Sen. Sanders blasted the budget as “immoral,” while Senate leaders criticized the document for offering tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the working and middle class.
Sanders described Trump’s proposed budget as a sledgehammer hitting America’s workers and the middle class. The Vermont senator added that Mulvaney’s promise to fix the national debt is based on “fantasy math”.
The GOP also was displeased with the much-anticipated budget plan. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the proposal was “dead on arrival” on the Capitol Hill. McCain considers the defense spending too low.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he sees the plan as a “recommendation” and promised to come up with an appropriation plan.
We’ll take things into consideration and move forward,
the Republican leader said.
It is not unusual for a president’s budget plan to be opposed by Congress. Many of Obama’s proposed budgets spurred strong opposition from the Republican-controlled House. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) commented on McCain’s assertion by stating that nearly every president’s proposed budget was “basically dead on arrival,” including Obama’s.
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