Senior Republican, eyeing Trump budget, worries about US debt


Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought added that the plan's proposed $2.7 trillion in cuts are higher than those put forth by any previous administration and that the budget will balance in 15 years.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, pointed to the budget's call for cuts to scientific research as risky to the nation's reputation as a leader in scientific research and innovation.

Trump called on Monday for spending more U.S. taxpayer money on the military and a U.S. -Mexico border wall, while spending less on social safety-net programs.

"A budget request is a statement of values, and after looking at the president's budget yesterday, one thing is clear: The values of the 14th District are not reflected", Underwood said on her Facebook page. "We are heartened that President Trump's budget continues to highlight the need to address prescription drug prices", said the group.

However, the budget is unlikely to affect public spending levels, which are controlled by Congress.

"After exploding the deficit with his GOP tax scam for the rich, President Trump is once again trying to ransack Medicare, Medicaid and the health care of seniors and families across America", Pelosi said in a statement. The Democrats both in the White House and Senate said that the budget is dead since it arrived.

Also, as expected, the president intends to cut $220 billion in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known as SNAP or, more commonly, as food stamps), $21 billion in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, $207 billion in the student loan program and seeks up to a 31-percent reduction in the Environmental Protection Agency.

But some of the Medicare cuts have received bipartisan support in the past, including halting hospitals from bumping up their Medicare payments by acquiring doctors' practices (a method CMS has tried to crack down in the past with its site-neutral payment proposals) and lowering spend on prescription drugs.

It estimates about 85 percent of the proposed Medicare cuts come from reductions in provider payments, and an additional 5 percent come from policies that would reduce overall healthcare costs (primarily medical malpractice reform). The department's total gross discretionary funding would go down to $44.1 billion in 2020 from this year's $52.8 billion. Trading Medicare and Medicaid for tax breaks, how that's going to help anybody in this room, or most of the people you live with?

"These cuts in the Trump budget aren't a tightening of the belt". The budget also includes $8.6 billion for the completion of a wall to secure the southern border. "And it's not fair to the people that have been paying in for years and now all of the sudden they want to. cut". Indeed, it would have capped federal spending on the entire program.

President Trump's 2020 budget request of an extra $291 million to fight the spread of H.I.V., experts said on Tuesday, will not be remotely sufficient to meet the goal he announced in his State of the Union address: to almost eliminate the AIDS epidemic in the United States within 10 years.