Hillary Clinton lambasted Donald Trump’s budget proposal, saying it hurts millions of struggling Americans because of its “unimaginable level of cruelty.” Clinton was in New York City on Tuesday to accept an award from the Children’s Health Fund when she minced no words in voicing her disgust over the budget proposal of the current administration which was released earlier that day.
Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate in the recent U.S. Presidential elections, criticized Trump and his administration along with his fellow Republicans for wanting to reduce government spending by $3.6 trillion over the course of a decade by slashing the budget of programs that benefit the poor or those in the lower-income brackets.
Medicaid will be hit the worst under the Trump budget proposal. An estimated $616 billion will be slashed from the government’s insurance program that is meant to help the poorest Americans as well as those with disabilities. The new budget under the Trump administration will also see other antipoverty programs taking massive hits. In fact, over $192 billion intended for food stamps will also be cut. Others getting significant cuts are highway funding, crop research, student loans, medical funding, and Meals on Wheels, a program that feeds the elderly.
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Interestingly, a total of $2.6 billion will be set aside for border security. That figure includes $1.6 billion meant for the construction of the US-Mexico border wall which Trump has promised during his campaign. Another $603 billion will be intended for military spending while $19.1 billion will be for NASA.
As CBS News reported, Hillary is accusing Trump of proposing a budget that “shows an unimaginable level of cruelty and lack of imagination and disdain for the struggles of millions of American, including millions of children.”
“This administration and Republicans in Congress are mounting an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women and seniors.”
The Trump administration believes that the proposed tax cuts will be integral in helping the country recover. According to the administration, the proposed budget will result in an economic growth rate of 3 percent. A number of critics and pundits have already indicated that this figure is doubtful. Under the current policy, the Congressional Budget Office sees a growth rate of only 1.9 percent.
According to Reuters, the Trump budget proposal will likely not be passed by Congress in its current form. House speaker Paul Ryan said that Congress will look at the presidential budget while also creating its own budget proposal. Ryan avoided criticizing Trump’s budget proposal and instead called out the past administration. Ryan said that he is “happy” that the country finally has a president “willing to actually balance the budget.” The Wisconsin Representative also stressed that “the last president never proposed, let alone tried, to balance the budget.”
Hillary, on the other hand, encouraged everyone not to “remain silent in the face of these attacks.”
“It hurts the well-being of children. It’s time to send a resounding message that we will not stand for this attack on the most vulnerable among us.”
The former First Lady was not alone in voicing disbelief over the budget proposal. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget noted that the Trump budget proposal is filled with “gimmicks, unrealistic cuts, and rosy assumptions of economic growth.”
A number of Republicans on Capitol Hill have also made it known that they are opposed to such budget proposal. Kentucky representative Harold Rogers who is part of the House Appropriations even said that “the cuts are draconian.”
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Some senators have also expressed their opinions on the Trump budget. Senator John McCain said that the $603 million intended for defense is “inadequate to the challenges we face.” McCain also described the proposal as “dead on arrival.” Senator Bernie Sanders called out Trump for not fulfilling his campaign promises as the budget proposal is directly against what he said during the campaign period. Sanders said that the budget exposed Trump’s “cheap and dishonest campaign rhetoric that was meant to get votes.”
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