Budget chief slams Obama growth forecast

"While providing a path toward a balanced budget and increasing support for our military is commendable, neither can be done overnight, nor by eliminating programs that directly benefit the commonwealth", U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., said. He says Congress may soon hear from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) about a change in the deadline to raise the debt ceiling. "Three percent will be the new normal again under the Trump administration".

A debt-ceiling showdown in 2011 prompted Standard & Poor's to downgrade the USA credit rating for the first time.

But Mulvaney went on to describe what compassion in Donald Trump's America will look like: Major funding boosts for programs that Trump promised on the campaign trail; huge cuts to safety net programs that neither Mulvaney nor Trump seem to understand very well; and a enormous corporate and personal tax cut that most economists say will blow a hole in the federal budget, but that Mulvaney insists will boost the economy to 3 percent annual growth and somehow balance the budget in 10 years. In agriculture, it would limit subsidies to farmers, including for purchasing crop insurance, an idea already attacked by farm state lawmakers.

On Tuesday, Mulvaney argued that disability insurance "is not what most people consider social security".

At the same briefing, talking about the plan for helping to curb the debt, he said: "It begins to reduce the size of the debt relative to the size of the economy in Year One, OK?"

"Whatever your budget is, just base it on real numbers and then let's have a food fight", he said.

The White House's top budget official, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, talked up the administration's plans for a simpler tax code while introducing the budget Tuesday, predicting such a change would help shrink the country's "tax gap".

Women are twice as likely as men to rely on food stamps, and over 7.8 million women and children relied on WIC benefits in 2016. The Obama administration made attempts to close the gap by stepping up enforcement, but probably only reduced it by $50 billion to $100 billion over a decade, said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president and senior policy director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the budget shows an "unimaginable level of cruelty" for millions of Americans and children. LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans and supports many programs in upstate NY.

The budget claims it balances the budget over a decade without touching Social Security and Medicare, while spending more on national security, the border, infrastructure and more.

The president does not touch the third rail of entitlement programs - Social Security and Medicare - but does cut $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years.

The spending plan, unveiled on Tuesday, eliminates funding for the United Nations children's agency, Unicef, as part of a $780 million cut to worldwide organisations. Yes, $840 million has been trimmed from Congress' prior plans, but the program is still getting more funding.

If Trump's budget passes in its current form, it would have a detrimental impact on these women, and they'd be placed in a very hard situation in terms of finding affording reproductive health care. Trump's budget would cut several key K-12 programs, while boosting funding for charter and private school voucher programs.

Trump does seem to be scaling back on many of his promises, however.

One Pennsylvania senator says President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget is pro-growth, while the other is calling the spending plan proposal the wrong approach.

States now administer SNAP with federal money, but would have to come up with an average of 10 percent of the cost by 2020 and 25 percent by 2023.

Such cuts - which include "zeroing out" programs like community development block grants and heating aid to the poor - were ignored when Congress earlier this month wrapped up a massive spending bill for the current year.