Trump's budget set to spark yet another fight with Democrats

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

‘This is something he said he’d never do’: NH Senator blasts Trump for budget cuts to Medicare and Social Security

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, pointed to the budget's call for cuts to scientific research as unsafe to the nation's reputation as a leader in scientific research and innovation. On Monday, the National Farmers Union criticized the White House budget proposal, saying, "It's time the president's policy proposals and rhetoric acknowledge the financial pain in farm country".

Congressional Democrats attacked USA social safety net changes proposed by President Donald Trump in his 2020 budget plan, with a senior lawmaker on Tuesday saying Trump's cutbacks in programs such as Medicaid and food aid were "intended to do harm". According to the White House, about $1.9 trillion of the savings will be to mandatory spending that is on autopilot outside of the discretionary spending.

The plan, which came after a recent fight between Trump and Democrats over the funding of a border wall, led to an unprecedented partial shutdown of the federal government, involves a request for new funding for the border wall and proposed spending cuts for some medical care programs.

These reductions are not that cut and simple, but it boils down to Trump once again breaking promises, which will have a devastating impact on the quality of life in the nation, particularly for those who depend on a strong social safety net.

THE BEST that can be said for President Trump's $4.75 trillion budget plan for fiscal 2020 is that it has no chance of becoming law.

Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals.

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The budget would also require people receiving federal rental assistance to take on more of their housing costs, in a plan that would be phased in over six years. The Trump administration predicts a savings of $130 billion over the next decade if Congress enacts the proposal. It adds work requirements - hard to administer and sometimes counterproductive - to key safety-net programs such as Medicaid, housing assistance and food stamps.

"Hospitals are less and less able to cover the cost of care for Medicare patients; it is no time to gut Medicare", said Chip Kahn of the Federation of American Hospitals. "But we must also think about how we can help families to access financial programs, educational opportunities, and higher paying jobs".

The fiscal 2020 budget, released today, would make deep cuts to non-defense government spending. Now the only thing that people are going to witness is how the messages are going to appeal the voters. Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, applauded the administration's efforts to tackle these inefficient programs.

A White House source argued to The Daily Caller that "either Biden never read his own administration budgets, he's losing his memory, or he's already bailing on Obama to appeal to the new socialists in his party".

If the budget is approved by Congress, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's budget would be reduced by $8.7 billion (16.4%) next year.

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