President Trump’s budget proposal is expected to be released tomorrow, and the White House has issued a series of formal budget requests ahead of the release.
“Conservatives will love it; moderates will probably hate it,“ said a White House source to Axios.
Below, an overview of some of the key cuts:
A 25 percent reduction in food stamps:
- About $193 billion would be cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next decade.
- The cuts would be – in part – made possible by limiting eligibility and requiring work.
Deep cuts to Children’s Health Insurance:
- The bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is expected to face major cuts. The Obama administration and Republican congressional leaders reauthorized the program in 2015.
- CHIP, now marking its 20th year, lowered the number of children uninsured from fourteen percent to four.
Slashes to Social Security:
- The budget calls for cuts to the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
- SSDI provides insurance for past workers who develop disabilities leaving them unable to participate in the workforce.
- The program is a part of Social Security – a safety net that President Trump has repeatedly promised not to touch.
Come tomorrow, Republicans on Capitol Hill are expected to say that the “budget strives to replace dependency with the dignity of work through welfare reform efforts”.