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The administration's Fiscal Year 2018 budget is titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness", but Mulvaney told lawmakers it could have had a different title: "We could have called it the "taxpayer first" budget". Specifically, GOPers have already made clear that they have zero appetite for pursuing the spending cuts and program terminations recommended in the administration's budget proposal. The House committee's framework, like the president's own budget, is more a statement of principles than the actual outline of the federal government's receipts and outlays for the next year. If you factor in the administration's massive tax cuts, skewed toward corporations and the wealthy - calculus not factored into the budget proposal - it would drive the nation much deeper into debt. The budget takes $616 billion out of the planned expansion for Medicaid, $193 billion out of food stamps, and $143 billion from student financial aid. But the official figures (PDF) put forth by the Office of Management and Budget call for an additional $610 billion in cuts over the course of 10 years as a result of limits to Medicaid funding.

"If that's where you are, don't accept it". "Can you guess the last time we had an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, growth at 3 percent and inflation held at 2 percent? So it's natural for administrations from either party to make some assumptions". States are constitutionally bound to pass budgets that balance spending with revenues. "I don't think there's a person living in poverty today who wouldn't be affected by this budget". "It assumes that the stars perfectly align".

Talking about his small business experience, Smucker asked Mulvaney to respond to his idea that "the best possible thing that we can do is have the higher economic growth".

Democrats also took aim at proposed cuts to social programs.

In May 2015, the future president tweeted, "I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid".

"We are talking about half the births in the United States, 30 million children, and half of all nursing home and long-term care nationwide for senior citizens and people with disabilities", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., citing Medicaid's extensive reach.

"We no longer want to measure compassion by the number of programs that we have or the number of people that are on those programs". These programs provide health insurance for millions of poor families.

The Congressional Budget Office plans to release its estimate Wednesday of what impact the Republican House-passed health care bill would have on coverage and premiums. In an April Pew Research Center survey, majorities in both political parties said they favored maintaining or increasing spending in almost all of the 14 specific budget areas that respondents were asked about.

You can't use the growth benefits of tax cuts once to justify an optimistic baseline and then again to claim that the tax cuts do not cost revenue.

President Trump's proposed budget was unveiled earlier this week and it includes a $2 trillion math mistake.

On April 18, 2015, Trump said: "Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid".

Mulvaney defended the budget in a Tuesday press conference, saying that he's "aware of the criticisms and would simply come back and say there's other places where we were probably overly conservative in our accounting".