WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House on Tuesday stepped up their defense of the president’s newly unveiled budget plan amid attacks from Democrats that the plan will hurt the nation’s poor.
Democrats say the $4.1 trillion budget proposal, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” cuts too deeply into programs such as welfare and disability funding and will result in undue suffering for America’s needy.
However, White House budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters that Trump’s plan (https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BUDGET-2018-BUD/pdf/BUDGET-2018-BUD.pdf) boosts military and border security spending and reflects Trump’s campaign promises “put on paper.”
“There’s not a single thing [cut] from Social Security or Medicare,” Mulvaney said during a press conference at the White House. “Why? Because that’s what he promised.”
When challenged on what impact the budget plan will have on funding for Medicaid and food stamp programs, Mulvaney said Republicans see the budget opportunity with a different set of eyes than Democrats.
“We look at spending differently,” said Mulvaney. “We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs, but the number of people we help get off of those programs.”
Mulvaney said the budget plan is based on the prospect of “sustained, 3% economic growth” and that every aspect of the economic plan is based on that forecast.
“Everything that we do in this administration, every single time I am called into the Oval Office … the focus is sustained 3% economic growth,” he said, arguing that the president and his administration “reject(s) that pessimism” that the economy can’t sustain that amount of growth each year.
The budget proposal was sent to Congress on Tuesday, but even before the plan was released, Democrats had come out swinging against it.
“Eliminating domestic programs is unconscionable,” said New York Rep. Joe Crowley, who as leader of the House Democratic Caucus says he and his colleagues will use the “terrible” plan to regain majority in 2018.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was also quick to lay into the plan.
“The Trump budget takes a sledgehammer to the middle class and the working poor, lavishes tax breaks on the wealthy and imagines all of the deficit problems away with fantasy math,” Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
But by an overwhelming margin, Republicans praised Trump’s economic plan as a new fiscal day in America.
“We can finally turn the page on the Obama era of bloated budgets that never balance,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said of the proposed budget. “President Trump has proven his commitment to fiscal responsibility with a budget that … prioritizes American taxpayers over bureaucrats in Washington.”