The food stamp program serves about 42 million people. Trump's budget would cut $200 million from the program, which provides food for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age five. Farm state lawmakers are already pushing back on proposals to curb agriculture assistance, for instance, and key Republicans are not interested in adding another round of cuts to Medicaid on top of those contained in the ongoing "Obamacare" repeal and replace effort.
HORSLEY: Well, the budget that came out a couple of months ago was referred to at the White House as the skinny budget, and it only dealt with a skinny piece of the overall government spending pie, namely the so-called discretionary spending that Congress has to authorize each year.
("We are not kicking anybody off of any program who really needs it", Mulvaney said.) And there may be some objections among Republican hawks to certain cuts to the State Department and a lower-than-desired defense spending increase.
"In the America of President Trump's budget, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will be "fined, ' while the wealthiest Americans will get a 'bonus.' What's so 'great" about that America?" asked Sen. And also it relies on a relatively rosy forecast of what's going to happen with the US economy.
She, her fiancé, and her two year-old son all depend on Medicaid to make it through, but that benefit could all be in jeopardy if President Trump's new budget proposal gets the green light.
Rep. Ben Ray Luján said the budget's priorities don't reflect Trump's rhetoric in the 2016 campaign.
"There's a certain message here and it's from the president of the U.S.to Congress that say, 'look here are my priorities in terms of what I want to spend more and here's the big ticket items, '" Mulvaney said. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat who sits on the Appropriations Committee. That is down by almost 7,000 from the previous February.
More than 75 percent of households who participate in SNAP have worked a job in the year before or after the receive benefits, according to the USDA.
Family leave is a cause embraced by the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump. "The ugly truth is this: You can never balance the budget at 1.9 per cent growth".
The administration released what it calls a "Taxpayer First" budget on Tuesday.
"Trump could be assuming that his tax cuts will not only pay for themselves but generate $2 trillion in higher revenue".
United States military assistance to partners and allies reached $13.5 billion in 2015, or 28 percent of all USA foreign aid spending that year, according to the Congressional Research Service. He added that it's "important to adequately fund the critical programs and services many Americans, like my constituents in California's Central Valley, rely on every day".
"With this budget, the President betrays his promises to many voters who placed his trust in them".
The $1.6 billion is a fraction of the estimated cost of the controversial wall. President Trump's proposal could have a disproportionate effect on Republican-leaning states - seven of the 10 states with the highest food stamp participation supported President Trump.
How? The budget would eviscerate aid to the poor, and it makes preposterous assumptions about future growth.
The budget also appears to rely on some dubious accounting related to the proposed tax cuts.
"Trump's budget would cause disproportionate pain in the rural communities he promised to help - including those in Southern and Southwest Virginia and the Valley - by eliminating the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration, and clean coal research that could help revitalize Southwest Virginia's economy", Kaine said in a prepared statement. That 3 percent growth rate is stimulated by the lower taxes proposed in the budget.
When asked about the double-counting, Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the document was preliminary and would be refined. However, that goal depends not only on the growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations.
Most government departments would see steep cuts, particularly the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.