'Republicans care about poor people,' OMB Director Mulvaney says

'Republicans care about poor people,' OMB Director Mulvaney says

'Republicans care about poor people,' OMB Director Mulvaney says

The Trump Budget asked Congress for $3.6-T in spending cuts on food stamps, Medicaid health insurance payments, disability benefits, low-income housing assistance and block grants that fund meals-on-wheels for the elderly.

Experts and journalists have pointed out that President Donald Trump's budget numbers for the 2018 fiscal year do not add up, as they rely on unrealistic growth expectations.

Mulvaney also took issue with the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's scoring of House Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Due to the exaggerated growth assumption, Trump's budget assumes a $2 trillion increase in revenue through economic growth that will balance the budget. Mark Warner, D-Va., told Mulvaney Thursday.

"I have news for you, both parties: If we do not get to 3 percent growth, it is unlikely we will ever balance the budget again", he told a House panel Wednesday. Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop said the cuts "fail the test of basic human decency".

A day after releasing a budget that would dramatically slash the social safety net, President Trump's top budget official faced a bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told Mulvaney that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programs are "astonishing and frankly immoral".

Warren pointed to a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis that found the House-passed AHCA would cut $834 billion from Medicaid and leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to the Affordable Care Act - a law under which she argued the uninsured rate for veterans decreased by almost 40 percent. Mulvaney says that only in Washington if you spend $100, $102, or $104 dollars this year will Washington call that a cut. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue were also testifying.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney slammed what he says is not mere fear-mongering but outright lies by Democrats about President Trump's federal budget proposal.

That 50-year-old federal-state partnership has brought improved highways, education and job-training opportunities to Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and other Appalachian states that Trump carried in the presidential election. There's little appetite among Capitol Hill Republicans for a genuine effort to balance the budget; GOP politicians this year are instead pressing to rewrite the tax code and forge a spending deal with Democrats that would permit higher military spending and restore Trump proposals to cut domestic agencies and foreign aid.

Candidate Donald Trump promised better and more affordable health care, but as president his first full budget calls for deep cuts to popular insurance programs.

"We are now bearing the cost [s] of excessive government commitments of previous years and this has forced us into making hard choices, but the remarkable thing about economic growth is it builds on itself", he said. But the budget repeated Trump's previous proposals for double-digit percentage cuts to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, considered nonstarters even by Republican lawmakers.

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