Trump Budget Includes Crop Insurance Cuts


It cuts the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 16 percent and Education by 10 percent, but includes $1 billion for a child care fund championed by the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser.

Even some of the programs in Trump's budget that could be perceived as progressive are offset by other things.

The presidential budget requests $750 billion for overall defense (including defense-related Energy Department funding), an increase of 5 percent from the 2019 level.

A senior administration official told reporters the budget would cut USA aid to foreign countries by $13 billion.

"[The budget] builds upon incredible success and keeps his promises to the American people", Sanders said.

Mr Trump's budget includes politically volatile proposals for overhauling Medicare, Medicaid and other costly social programs that form the American social safety net that helps the poor and underprivileged.

The Environmental Protection Agency's budget would drop from $8.8 billion to $6.1 billion (31 percent cut).

Trump's budget would re-open two health care battles he lost in his first year in office: repealing "Obamacare" and limiting future federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people.

The budget also calls for $8.6 billion for the completion of a wall to secure the southern border. In reality, the budget shortfall could go even higher if a budget deal is reached to offset some of the domestic spending cuts.

Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought says cuts are needed to balance the budget in 15 years.

The national debt now stands at a record high of $22 trillion and has risen by $2 trillion since President Trump has been in office. He argued the budget proposal will help avoid the problem by cutting government spending. She said it would cut $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and $845 billion from Medicare over 10 years. They said the money "would be better spent on rebuilding America".

The spending plan proposed by the president will highlight numerous issues that are important to him. "This is threatened by our unsustainable national debt, which has doubled under the previous administration and now stands at more than $22 trillion".

Neither DHS nor the White House responded to HuffPost queries about why that agency had not yet put together a plan for use of DOD money if the situation at the border is as big a "crisis" as the president continues to claim.

What the budget proposal lacks s a projected balanced budget in ten years.

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt praised President Trump's 2020 budget plan.

The budget proposal seeks to make the Republican tax cuts permanent. Pelosi condemned the budget proposal while arguing it would take away health care for many and undermine economic security for seniors and families.

Budgets may offer a president's vision for the direction of the nation, but Trump's latest also offers an early window into his upcoming campaign.

However, it's likely dead-on-arrival in a Congress where Democrats now control the House of Representatives. His Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gave a short-term tax break to the middle class, but those tax breaks will eventually sunset. As America's farmers are reeling from the worst economic crisis in decades, this budget twists the knife further: $26 billion cut to crop insurance; $9 billion cut to conservation program payments; $8 billion cut to programs that help ranchers recover grazing lands hurt by drought, and cuts $219 billion from nutrition assistance programs that feed almost 40 million hungry families. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

The White House argues that Trump isn't just advancing the same policies a second time over, he's enhancing them with more detail than his first go-round, particularly in the area of trade policy. But by escalating his demands for a wall to a total of $17 billion, he's setting up another government shutdown fight for this fall. Meanwhile, spending on non-defense programs would drop to $567 billion, a decrease of more than 5%.