Budget Director Mulvaney Returns Fire From Democrats On Trump's Proposed Federal Budget

Congressional Democrats are practicing “demagoguery at the very highest level” by lying about the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget for the 2018 fiscal year, the White House budget director told Fox News Thursday morning.

The official, Mick Mulvaney, cited New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s prediction that “children will die” as a result of the spending plan’s funding reductions for programs that serve low-income Americans. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed poor seniors “will not be able to get the one nutritious meal a day they now receive through the Meals on Wheels.” Mulvaney insisted that “Republicans care about poor people, Republicans care about kids, Republicans care about the elderly.”

The Trump budget, which White House officials delivered to Capitol Hill earlier this week, calls for $4.1 trillion in spending and forecasts a 3 percent increase in economic growth. The package features $616 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which provides access to affordable health insurance for many low-income Americans. In addition, the plan slashes appropriations for food stamps by $193 billion and reduces the budget for student loans by $143 billion. There are also large cuts for housing assistance, children’s health care, medical research and other programs.

The Hill reported that Mulvaney and Sanders got into an argument Thursday morning during a Senate Budget Committee hearing. The senator pointed out that the president’s budget would award millionaires and billionaires with lavish tax breaks. He said the proposal would save Trump’s family about $4 billion, and Walmart’s Walton family would see their tax bill drop $52 billion.

Sanders challenged the budget director to justify the tax cuts, while also defending reductions in Medicaid and Meals on Wheels. He cited an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office that 23 million people are already facing the loss of Obamacare health-insurance subsidies if the Senate passes the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act.

The senator lashed out at his GOP colleagues for dismissing the findings of CBO Director Keith Hall. “You guys are beating up on a man you appointed because you don’t like his results, even though he was appointed by Republicans,” Sanders declared. “We can agree that the CBO puts out bad data,” Mulvaney replied. Sanders fired back: “No, we can’t.” The officials also debated whether the budget actually cuts Meals on Wheels funding.

Sanders, a political independent who ran for last year’s Democratic presidential nomination, is a longtime proponent of a universal, single-payer healthcare system. He advocates “Medicaid for all.”

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