Trump's budget plan, heartless in spots, will be hard sell

President Trump's budget withholds all federal funds from Planned Parenthood and any other organization that provides abortions.

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, perhaps the most endangered Senate Republican up for re-election next year, labeled the budget "anti-Nevada".

"These cuts that are being proposed are draconian".

Congress is unlikely to approve such deep cuts in the program, since it affects constituents so broadly. A substantial part of Trump's base comes from rural America; he had a 61 to 34 percent advantage over Hillary Clinton in those areas.

It's never a good sign when one of the most conservative and pro-military Republicans on Capitol Hill says that President Trump's defense budget is "basically the Obama approach with a little bit more, but not much".

The President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reflects our continued commitment to the security of our homeland and the American public.

That's an honest assessment that takes into account the weakest decade of growth in US history from 2007 to 2016, even weaker than 1930 to 1939 in the Great Depression. Democrats said cuts to Medicaid would hit Trump's supporters hard.

Under the 2018 blueprint, the EPA would see its budget reduced by 31% overall.

But what's often overlooked is that the Catholic bishops find themselves in league with Democrats in their liberal stands for programs and policies that help the poor and immigrants.

Funding for the National Institutes of Health would decrease by almost $6 billion in the next fiscal year.

"What we are doing is growing Medicaid more slowly over the 10-year budget window than the Congressional Budget Office says that we should or says that we will under current law", Mulvaney said.

"But it's supposed to help the kids, is what I'm saying", the reporter said.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, said he was encouraged by early reports of new curbs on food stamps, family welfare and other spending but he draws the line on cuts to Meals on Wheels - a charity that Mulvaney suggested earlier this year was ineffective. His proposal guts non-defense spending at every level of government and imposes harmful cuts to important programs like Medicaid, CHIP, student loans, environmental protection, coastal and ocean research and management, and small business assistance.

But the drastic reordering of government that Trump has embraced includes many measures long sought by conservatives on Capitol Hill, including adding work requirements for food-stamp eligibility and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The CHIP health program covers about 7 million children, and traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support.

Trump's balanced-budget goal depends not only on the growth projections but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations and "double counting" $2.1 trillion in revenue from economic growth - using it to both pay for tax cuts and bring down the deficit.

-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The agency, which fights everything from AIDS to Zika, would have its budget cut about 18 percent, to $6.3 billion.

That jibes with what Feeding America, a network of USA food banks, found in 2014 when it issued Hunger in America, a comprehensive report on who uses food pantries and why.

The budget does feature a handful of domestic initiatives, including a six-week paid parental leave program championed by Trump's daughter Ivanka that would be designed and financed by the states through cuts to unemployment insurance.

The Medicaid healthcare plan for the poor is slated for about an $800 billion cut, reversing the expansion that former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, brought to Republican states like West Virginia, Arkansas and Kentucky with large populations of poor people.

In addition, Paletta reports that the Trump budget documents may claim that tax cuts drive so much additional growth that they - plus the safety-net cuts - will restore federal budget balance a decade hence.