Trump Team Stands by Budget's $2 Trillion Math Error

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The Trump administration's budget plan for 2018 assumes that a mix of sharp spending and tax cuts can both shrink the deficit and fuel economic growth of 3 percent a year - a level it hasn't achieved in more than a dozen years. There is little appetite among Republicans for a genuine effort to balance the budget - Republican legislators are instead pressing to rewrite the tax code and forge a spending deal with Democrats that would permit higher military spending and restore Mr Trump proposals to cut domestic agencies and foreign aid.

Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that "receipts now are coming a little bit slower than expected".

Democrats charged that Trump's cuts would rip apart the social safety net.

Pramilla Jayapal of Washington told Mulvaney that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programs are "astonishing and frankly immoral".

"When you say "cut" are you speaking Washington or regular language?"

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford told White House budget director Mick Mulvaney that Trump's budget "presumes a Goldilocks economy" that never goes into recession.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers put it another way, writing in his blog, "It appears to be the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in the almost 40 years I have been tracking them".

The New York Times analyzed Trump's budget, and found it targets programs that tend to spend more on women than men. Perdue said the nation has a dilemma in how to "right-size the budget" but acknowledged the concerns. "If you are on disability insurance and you are not supposed to be. we need you to go to work".

The massive cuts to Medicaid would be particularly damaging to women, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute. "And as a outcome I think it is just disastrously consequential to build a budget on 3% - the bible says you can't build a house on a sandy foundation", Sanford said.

Meanwhile, it calls for cutting over $800 billion from Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor, over the next decade. In February, 47 percent of Americans said they trusted Republicans in Congress to handle the economy - 4 percentage points less than now.

"I'm aware of the criticisms and would simply come back and say there's other places where we were probably overly conservative in our accounting", he said.

Mulvaney also noted the White House budget didn't cut Meals On Wheels, taking Sen.

The loss of federal conservation programs would also impact farmers' ability to improve and conserve the land, air, water and habitat in our state to feed the future.

On April 18, 2015, Trump said: "Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid".

Clark then asked whether DeVos saw a role for the federal government to intervene if a private school rejected African-American students, and DeVos repeated her answer.

At the same briefing, talking about the plan for helping to curb the debt, he said: "It begins to reduce the size of the debt relative to the size of the economy in Year One, OK?"

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended proposed budget cuts to state and local grant programs and a proposal to spend more than $2.7 billion to add thousands of new immigration jail beds despite steep declines of arrests along the Mexican border. He wants to cut the State Department budget by nearly a third and has still not appointed a single person below the Secretary of State after sending the professional holdovers from the Obama administration packing when he took office. If we care about the long-term success of our country and our people, we can not shortchange the next generation by leaving behind an ill-prepared workforce, a crumbling infrastructure, and a stagnant economy. She said that's "cruel", "heartless" and "inhumane".

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