Trump's 2018 Budget - A Brief Primer
The White House published its budget - the equivalent of a "wish list" - last week. It is so austere and unrealistic (assuming continuous, uninterrupted three percent economic growth while the CBO estimates 1.8 percent at best) that even Republicans can't get behind it.
That's not much to celebrate about though since, typically, the House and Senate use the WH budget as mere recommendations. Others have argued that it is not even Trump's intention to have it passed - that he just wants to make a point.
Even so, here are some of the proposals from the WH budget:
$4.1 trillion total in cuts
$800 billion cut to Medicaid over ten years
$192 billion cuts to food stamps
$72 billion cuts to disability payments
Eliminate subsidized college loan programs and loan forgiveness for those who work in public sector
$2.6 billion on border security - $1.6 billion of which is for The Wall
$3 billion cut in community development block grants
$2.5 billion in cuts annually to farm subsidies
The complete elimination of 66 departmental agencies
If we know that the WH budget won't pass as is, what can we expect?
We can expect the budget to go from extreme to conservative which means there will likely be deep cuts in whatever proposal comes out of the House and Senate. These cuts will not be as deep as the WH suggested cuts and will appear less drastic and therefore more reasonable; but don't fall for it - the cuts will still likely be significant.
The House and Senate budget committees will release their proposed budget resolutions sometime in June and we have to be ready to identify and fight against any significant cuts to critical resources that will harm the social safety net, as well as undermine education, agriculture, and community development.
You should also keep in mind several budget dependencies. A tax cut is a big goal of the Trump regime. And it won't happen unless both the House and Senate pass a 2018 budget resolution, which they can't do until they pass a new healthcare bill. That brings us back to the importance of the AHCA in all of this.
Keep your eyes peeled for the House and Senate budget resolution and pay close attention to the progress of the AHCA bill, as it plays a big role in all of this. Be at the ready and stay tuned for what action you need to take on this in the coming weeks.
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