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Trump's budget measures 'compassion' differently: Mulvaney

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 02:05

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney insists President Trump's 2018 budget is not looking to ''kick any deserving person off of any meaningful program.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney insists President Trump's 2018 budget is not looking to "kick any deserving person off of any meaningful program." Testifying before the House Budget Committee, Mulvaney said the White House no longer wants to measure "compassion" by the number of programs the government provides, but rather by the number of people they help get off of those programs. President Trump asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in an austere budget that also boosts the military. Republicans who control the U.S. Congress - and the federal purse strings - will decide whether to make politically sensitive cuts, and the proposal is unlikely to be approved in its current form. Although it is not expected to survive on Capitol Hill, the proposal puts numbers on Trump's vision of a government that radically cuts assistance to lower-income Americans. The biggest savings would come from cuts to the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor, which are embedded in a Republican healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives. Trump wants lawmakers to cut at least $610 billion from Medicaid and more than $192 billion from food stamps over a decade. He seeks to balance the budget within 10 years.

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Trump's budget measures 'compassion' differently: Mulvaney

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 02:05