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Trump swings ax at social programs in '18 budget

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 01:13

The White House is set to deliver President Trump's first full budget to lawmakers on Tuesday, a plan that would slash funding for healthcare and more than $192 billion from food stamps. Andy Sullivan reports.

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Food stamps, disability payments and health care on the chopping block as President Trump lays out his budget plan. Trump's White House is proposing to scale back several big safety net programs in a detailed budget proposal coming out on Tuesday - Trump, hoping to save more than a trillion dollars by downsizing programs that help the poor buy groceries, go to the doctor and cover their bills if they get injured. White House officials saying these programs need to be reined in if they are ever going to balance the budget. Democrats already vowing a fight.. The newly-itemized cuts are the most dramatic elements of a detailed plan laying out Trump's vision for how the government collects and spends its money -- following up on a rough outline released two months ago. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney saying he's determined to balance the budget within 10 years, but Trump ruling out any changes to the two biggest spending programs -- Social Security and Medicare, the health plan for retirees. That means cuts falling hardest on benefit programs that don't cater to the elderly -- the White House aiming to steer people back into the work force by cutting off food stamp benefits for able bodied, childless adults who aren't working... that would save 193 billion dollars.

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Trump swings ax at social programs in '18 budget

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 01:13