Trump's Budget Gets a Hearing on Capitol Hill

Yet Mulvaney, a former SC congressman, apparently has little sway over his old Republican colleagues in the Senate, as many of them came out swinging against Trump's budget proposal only hours later.

Mulvaney, who served in the House prior to becoming Trump's budget director, was known as one of Congress' biggest fiscal hawks, seeking to decrease virtually all federal spending.

"We're not going to measure success by how much money we spend, but by how many people we help", Mulvaney said of the reduced spending, adding that the White House believes in the "social safety net". The Budget would cut more than 800 billion dollars nationally from the program.

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"What we did here is try to change the way Washington looks at spending", Mulvaney said during his opening statement, laying out the Trump administration's basic view of the role of government.

Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, defending an administration that promises more economic growth than many think it can deliver, said Tuesday it's the Obama administration that went overboard in its forecasts for growth. Moreover, a large percentage of the recipients of these programs are not able-bodied adults, but children.

Released on Tuesday, the budget proposes cutting $1.74 trillion from social safety net programs including food stamps and disability payments. He says the "costs of excessive government commitments" has "forced us into hard choices".

The budget includes a $200 billion increase in infrastructure spending over the next decade. That initial proposal asked for $2.6 billion to fund the border wall in 2018. Moreover, the administration's budget assumes that it will continue to collect revenue at today's tax rates - which it has repeatedly said it intends to lower.

Democrats, however, attacked the budget, saying the planned cuts represent "a significant step backwards for our country".

"These cuts that are being proposed are draconian", said veteran GOP Rep. Harold Rogers, who represents a poor district in eastern Kentucky.

WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, is also on the chopping block.

Congress is unlikely to approve such deep cuts in the program, since it affects constituents so broadly. Fair enough, though Trump also promised not to touch Medicaid, and the health-care bill he backs does exactly that.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus may insist on some of the cost-cutting measures to approve the budget package, said Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

He described the real problem with welfare as "the folks who are out there who don't want to work", but he didn't mention that 32 percent of people on food stamps have jobs and are still living so near the poverty line, they still rely on SNAP, according to the Agriculture Department's own numbers.

The Medicaid cuts were part of a Republican healthcare bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early May, which aims to gut the Obama administration's 2010 law that expanded insurance coverage and the government-run Medicaid program.