Bradley K. Thurman
2017-09-09 03:10:59 UTC
by $3.6 trillion over 10 years, a historic budget contraction
that would severely ratchet back spending across dozens of
programs and could completely reshape government assistance to
The White Houses $4.094 trillion budget request for fiscal 2018
calls for cuts that hit Medicaid, food assistance and other anti-
poverty programs. It would cut funding for the Childrens Health
Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides benefits to the poor,
by roughly 20 percent next year.
All told, the budget would reduce spending on safety-net
programs by more than $1 trillion over 10 years.
Details of the budget circulating in Washington on Monday drew
outrage from Democrats and a mix of anxiety and praise from
Republicans, illustrating the political minefield that
policymakers face as they debate whether to turn the proposals
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget,
said the spending plan, titled A New Foundation for American
Greatness, is focused on protecting taxpayer money and cutting
spending on programs that are ineffective or encourage people
not to work.