Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Donald Trump proposes $3.6 trillion of health spending cuts in USA budget

"To be able to provide services that are being provided now and maybe even better", said Joy Bowen, as she walked through Wash Park in Denver.

Trump's proposal, "A New Foundation for American Greatness", calls for $200 billion in infrastructure spending over 10 years.

While the budget is unlikely to be adopted by Congress as proposed, it illustrates Trump's priorities. We worked hard to build this country together and will work hard to restore this country together.

But the biggest changes in the proposed budget come in changes to the social safety net. It threatens our hard-earned progress, pushes costs back to the state, and transfers additional burden to those who can least afford it.

"The Trump budget takes a sledgehammer to the middle class and the working poor, lavishes tax breaks on the wealthy and imagines all of the deficit problems away with fantasy math", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor.

Here in Colorado, some potential winners and losers.

The Pentagon would get a spending hike, and there would be a US$1.6 billion down payment to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, which was a central promise of Trump's presidential campaign.

Another senior Republican lawmaker, Fred Upton of MI, questioned inclusion of money for Trump's border wall, remarking: "I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, why is this in our budget?" Instead, the USA taxpayer will foot the bill.

Mulvaney said earlier this year that funding EPA programs was a "a waste of your money", but that "core functions of the EPA can be satisfied with this budget".

-New parents: The budget plan includes a new paid leave program for the parents of newborn children.

President Donald Trump's budget is getting an icy reception on Capitol Hill from many of his fellow Republicans. The program allows veterans to seek outside medical care from private doctors.

With characteristically Trumpian disdain for reality, the budget proposes both. Law enforcement and border security would get increases, however.

The President's first major budget proposal, which assumes the Medicaid savings in the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) will be passed, would make $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade.

The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that amount to a dramatic restructuring of the government, with protection for retirement programs for the elderly, billions of dollars more for the military and the rest of the government bearing the bulk of the reductions.

Departments: The State Department and US Agency for International Development see their combined budget slashed by 31.5 percent, to $37.6 billion next year. In agriculture, the proposed budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, a move already attacked by farm state lawmakers. Social Security and Medicare remain virtually untouched in the proposal.

On a relatively smaller scale, Trump proposes eliminating the $82 million-a-year Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training grant program, which provided $19 million to California recipients last year.

-Planned Parenthood: The budget would prohibit any funding for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood. The budget proposal also includes a steep cut to funding for worldwide organizations, without specifying which groups might lose their funding. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's budget would be cut by $575 million, while the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases would be cut by $838 million.

But that proposal is the subject of intense negotiations in the Senate, where some nervous Republicans are unwilling to accept that 10 million people could lose coverage under that budget. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said that the idea of cutting a program like Meals on Wheels would be too much even for a fiscal hawk like himself.

"It goes across all constituents".

The 2018 budget would increase spending for satellite programs, missile defense and the destruction of chemical weapons.

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