President Trump calls for larger cuts to Medicaid and food stamps — in addition to increases for national and cross-border security-as part of what representatives of the government as “taxpayer-first budget” will be released on Tuesday.
White house budget Director Mick Mulvaney drew the blueprint that he said would balance the budget by 2027.
“This is the first time that an administration has written, said a budget through the perspective of the people who pay the taxes,” Mulvaney told reporters Monday evening.
The White house plan for Social Security and Medicare is unaffected, but calls for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, and $193 billion reduction in food stamps over the next ten years.
“We no longer measure compassion by the number of people working on these programs. We measure compassion by how many people we can get out of these programs,” said Mulvaney, who added that it would be a job requirement for some American food brands.
“If you are on food stamps and you are in the position of the body, then we need you to go to work,” said Mulvaney.
The budget blueprint also provides $2.6 billion for border security, including $1.6 billion for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, one of the Trump – cornerstone campaign promises. The rest of the $1 billion border defence forces leave by the recruitment of new agents and upgrading of equipment for detection of illegal crossings.
Mulvaney will present the budget to the legislature on Tuesday and testify in front of the house and Senate committees later this week. The fleshed-out proposal follows on from a partial release in March, specifically the budgets of the domestic agencies and foreign aid for cuts of an average of 10 percent.
Fox News’ Kristin Fisher and Fox Business Network’s Adam Shapiro contributed to this report.