What a Stupid Political System we have in this country! Not only are voting “privileges” ass backward, but trying to get anything passed with a 2/3 majority that includes the Communists in the DemoRat party is damn near impossible.
Here are the programs the Trump administration wants on the chopping block…
Agriculture Department — $855 million
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education
Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account
Single Family Housing Direct Loans
Commerce Department — $633 million
Economic Development Administration
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Minority Business Development Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education
Education Department — $4.976 billion
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Impact Aid Payments for Federal Property
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants
Teacher Quality Partnership
Energy Department — $398 million
Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy
Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program and Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program
Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility
Health and Human Services — $4.834 billion
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Community Services Block Grant
Health Professions and Nursing Training Programs
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Homeland Security — $235 million
Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program
Transportation Security Administration Law Enforcement Grants
Housing and Urban Development — $4.123 billion
Community Development Block
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account
Interior Department — $122 million
Abandoned Mine Land Grants
Heritage Partnership Program
National Wildlife Refuge Fund
Justice Department — $210 million
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program
Labor Department — $527 million
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training
OSHA Training Grants
Senior Community Service Employment Program
State Department and USAID — $4.256 billion
Earmarked Appropriations for Non-Profit Organizations
The Asia Foundation
P.L. 480 Title II Food Aid
State Department, USAID, and Treasury Department — $1.59 billion
Green Climate Fund and Global Climate Change Initiative
Transportation Department — $499 million
National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER)
Treasury Department — $43 million
Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
Environmental Protection Agency — $493 million
Energy Star and Voluntary Climate Programs
National Aeronautics and Space Administration — $269 million
Five Earth Science Missions
Office of Education
Other Independent Agencies — $2.683 billion
Chemical Safety Board
Corporation for National and Community Service
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Development Foundations
African Development Foundation
Legal Services Corporation
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Appalachian Regional Commission
Delta Regional Authority
Northern Border Regional Commission
U.S. Institute of Peace
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
AP WASHINGTON — President Trump formally rolled out his 2018 budget plan Tuesday, and lawmakers from both parties wasted no time in pushing back, with many proclaiming it “dead on arrival” and arguing that the proposal goes against many of Trump’s campaign-trail promises.
“The president’s budget isn’t going anywhere,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Cassidy added that “Trump’s campaign contract with the American people should be fulfilled” by keeping health care costs low, something he said the budget does not do.
“This budget exposes all of that verbiage for what it really was, just cheap and empty campaign rhetoric that was meant to get votes,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, the top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee.
Trump’s budget calls for sweeping cuts to the social safety net, slashing $800 billion from Medicaid over 10 years in conjunction with a health care bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. Other programs designed to combat poverty, ranging from food stamps to Social Security Disability Insurance, would also see their funding slashed. The document calls for a bevy of tax cuts as well.
Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, claimed that the budget is designed to decrease waste in government spending, spur greater economic growth and erase the federal deficit within 10 years.
“We looked at this budget from the eyes of the people who were actually paying the bills,” Mulvaney told reporters Tuesday. “For years and years we looked at the budget in terms of those on the back end of the programs, the recipients of the taxpayer money. We haven’t spent nearly enough time focusing on the people paying the taxes.”
Mulvaney: Trump’s new budget will have ‘compassion’ for taxpayers on both sides
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney spoke about President Trump’s new budget during today’s press briefing. “For years and years, we looked at the budget in terms of those on the back end of the programs, the recipients of the taxpayer money. We haven’t spent nearly enough time focusing on the people paying the taxes.”
But the proposal has met skepticism from Congress, with both Democrats and Republicans noting that the budget is a step away from statements Trump made while running for president. Among other things, Trump assured voters that there would be no cuts to Medicaid under his administration.
“[The budget] is once again an example of the rhetoric of the campaign not matching up with the reality of governance,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who noted that the budget hit rural areas, such as his home state, particularly hard.
Sanders further called the plan “immoral,” while Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., slammed the budget for giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
“The Trump budget takes a sledgehammer to middle class and working class Americans, lavishes tax breaks on the wealthy and imagines all the deficit problems away with fantasy math,” he said.
Republican lawmakers also distanced themselves from the budget, insisting that they would move forward with their own appropriations plan. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., panned the proposed defense spending as unacceptably low and labeled the overall budget plan as “dead on arrival” in Congress.
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the proposal as merely a “recommendation.”
“We’ll take things into consideration and move forward,” McConnell said.
It is common for a president’s proposed budget to meet pushback. Many of President Barack Obama’s budget plans sputtered in Congress, where the House was controlled by Republicans after 2010.
“Almost every president’s budget proposal is basically dead on arrival, including President Obama’s,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said, according to NBC News.
Members have said there are elements of the Trump budget that they can work with, however. McConnell touted Trump’s plans to increase defense spending, allowing the U.S. to add over 56,000 service members in 2018.
Multiple lawmakers cheered the White House’s decision to reverse course and fund the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which supporters say is critical in the fight against opioid addiction.
Even Sanders said he would be willing to work with the president on a proposed $25 billion plan to provide workers with up to six weeks’ paid leave to care for the birth of a new child. “[Paid family leave] is a good thought, but it is totally inadequate in terms of its funding,” Sanders said.
But any paid family leave proposal faces an uncertain future in Congress. Mulvaney acknowledged that while he had been skeptical of paid family leave in his time in the House, it was a major piece of Trump’s plan to stimulate economic growth. “We try and create the environment where people are more comfortable going back to work and staying at work knowing that if they do have a child, they’ll be able to spend time with that child,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney will get to make his case at length soon. He’ll defend the proposal at hearings before House and Senate budget committees on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Schumer advocated shutting the White House out of the appropriations process altogether and said the proposal “was something you’d expect from someone rooting for the government shutdown.”
Instead, Schumer said Congress would be better served acting as they did last month, when he said a bipartisan effort helped avert a government shutdown.
“The way we can reach a funding agreement in September is to do what we did last month: work together on a bipartisan basis … and tell President Trump and Mick Mulvaney to stay out of the process and come up with a plan.”