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U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, pointed to the budget's call for cuts to scientific research as risky to the nation's reputation as a leader in scientific research and innovation. The latest Trump budget essentially repeats his earlier proposal to do away with the Affordable Care Act and cap Medicaid spending.

For the fiscal year 2020, President Donald Trump proposed slashing Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, Medicare by $845 billion and Social Security by $25 billion.

"The president's budget proposal should be discarded immediately".

The annual White House budget, released Monday, also seeks to move more than $1 trillion in Medicaid spending to a system of block grants allowing states more control in allocating the funds, in addition to cutting another $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

Russ Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement the proposal "embodies fiscal responsibility" and "shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence". Nevertheless, he also suggests that there will be steep cuts in environmental production as well as education.

Galdieri said the White House "still does not seem to have internalized the fact that they did so badly in the 2018 midterms and that the Democrats now have a major role in the budget".

"Overall, this is a really fiscally irresponsible budget that will take us backwards", she went on. "I remember the president said he would not cut healthcare programs, but he is proposing to do that with this budget".

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"These cuts in the Trump budget aren't a tightening of the belt or a trimming of the fat, or even a serious attempt at reining in spending", House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said during the hearing. About $718 billion of that would go to the Defense Department. Trump is requesting 8.6 billion dollars in new funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico - a signal that the president is not backing down from his demand to build the wall that he has insisted is necessary to stem the massive tide of illegal immigration.

"I think the Democrats' arguing against border security is a losing argument for them", Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times.

House Democrats are working on their own budget proposal that would be a blueprint for setting spending levels.

These reductions are not that cut and simple, but it boils down to Trump once again breaking promises, which will have a devastating impact on the quality of life in the nation, particularly for those who depend on a strong social safety net.

"Over the next 10 years, we are confident that the economic policies of this administration ... will more than pay for the costs of the tax cuts", said Vought.

According to the CBO, the growth in the economy will be 2.3 percent this year, down from 3.1 percent in 2018, as the effects of the new tax code on the growth of business investment wane.

"Look at the 1980s, look at the 1990s", he said. Indeed, it would have capped federal spending on the entire program.

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