That's a drop even from the Trump administration's budget proposal a year ago, which requested $8.9 billion.The proposal would also cut funding to the World Health Organization by 53% and to the Pan American Health Organization by 75%.Douglas Pitkin, the State Department's director of budget and planning, said the cuts to WHO and PAHO are about seeking "greater accountability and efficiency" from both organizations. It did include what Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of the Associated Press calls "an $844 billion mystery pot".
According to the plan, the deficit will start to fall, dropping below $1 trillion in the 2021 fiscal year. The president's budget is unlikely to be rubber-stamped by Congress, but essentially serves as a wish list outlining his priorities.
The White House is laying out this strategy in an election year in hopes of demonstrating that Trump is serious about reining in federal spending.
So Trump blames Democrats for failing to embrace the Republican agenda of gutting domestic programs. "Meanwhile, the White House is supporting a lawsuit to overturn the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing coverage for some 20 million people, as well as protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions". $26.4 billion or 75% of the DOE's proposed budget would go to militarized programs, mostly allocated to the National Nuclear Security Administration-a federal agency responsible for the military application of nuclear weapons. But the size of the projected $844 billion in savings imply it would pursue large-scale changes.
The budget plan would chop respite care funding in half and includes a $48.56 million cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, which tracks the prevalence of autism and other disabilities.
Trump's final budget proposal before he faces the presidential election later this year lays out plans to increase federal spending on defence, while slashing budgets for environmental protection and social security programmes. "You can't cut $1 trillion from these programs and protect the most vulnerable", she said.
The White House budget is a messaging document, largely meant to reflect the administration's budget priorities rather than a set of policies expected to be enacted by Congress.
The White House proposes to cut federal spending by $4.4 trillion over a decade, saying it would put the government on a path to balance the budget in 15 years. "With this budget, his promises not to cut Medicare and Medicaid lie shattered on the ground".
Levitt also tweeted that, "the Trump budget treats Medicare and Medicaid very differently".
"The harsh reality is, people will die if there are cuts to these programs".
The budget calls for Medicaid work requirements for "able-bodied" adults and for "ending the financial bias that now favors able-bodied working-age adults over the truly vulnerable" in the program.
The administration defended the Medicaid cuts to reporters.
On Twitter, two days before releasing his budget, the president said, "we will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare".
"Once again, the President is showing just how little he values the good health, financial security and well-being of hard-working American families", the Democratic leader said in a statement. The cuts and savings it proposes play right into Democratic attacks, even as they might also hearten some in his base. "So, it's not surprising that President Trump has avoided such details". "No matter who the Democratic nominee is, the choice will be quite stark".