Donald Trump unveiled his budget request to Congress.
The plan included sweeping spending cuts and implementing his plan to drain the swamp.
Nancy Pelosi chimed in with an outrageous statement that infuriated conservatives.
Democrats have one card to play when Republicans want to cut spending – accuse them of wanting to kill old people and starve the poor.
Nancy Pelosi played that card almost immediately after the Trump administration unveiled their budget request.
She called the proposal a “killer” for the American people.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) called President Trump’s budget proposal “literally a killer” for the American people on Tuesday.
At a press conference, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders in Congress slammed the proposed Trump budget as a nonstarter. While the White House says Social Security and Medicare benefits are left untouched, Pelosi said it “voucherizes Medicare” like Speaker Paul Ryan’s budget and pointed to Social Security Disability Insurance cuts.
“With all due respect in the world for the fact that some Republicans are saying this is dead on arrival, they voted for the Ryan budget,” she said. “The Ryan budget contains many of these same things. In fact, the Ryan budget also voucherizes Medicare. Medicare is a guarantee. The Ryan budget says, ‘It’s no longer a guarantee, we’re going to give you a voucher.’
“It subscribes to their philosophy that Medicare should wither on the vine. So when we’re talking about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, this is a killer for the American people, literally a killer … They have to know there is a price to pay in terms of public opinion if they would vote for this, but they all did already vote for the Ryan budget, so they’ve gone down this path before.”
But Trump’s budget leaves Social Security and Medicare alone.
The bill slashes domestic spending and eliminates 66 government programs.
The Hill reports:
“The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a budget seeking $1.5 trillion in nondefense discretionary cuts and $1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade, while adding nearly half a trillion dollars to defense spending.
The plan, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” would dramatically reshape federal spending, cutting anti-poverty and safety net programs, but leaving Medicare and the retirement portion of Social Security untouched…
…The budget would cut 31.4 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, 29.1 percent from the State Department, 20.5 percent from the Department of Agriculture and 10.7 percent from the National Science Foundation. It would make Pell grants available year-round, but raise monthly student loan payments.
A sizable portion of the cuts to domestic spending would be made to Medicaid. The budget assumes full passage of the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which cuts $839 billion from Medicaid and pulls funding from Planned Parenthood.
In addition, the budget would make another $610 billion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years by transitioning the program from a traditional entitlement to either a block grant program or a per-capita program that puts a ceiling on federal Medicaid funding to states. It would also allow states to impose work requirements for certain Medicaid beneficiaries to reduce costs.
Besides the cuts to Medicaid, the budget finds $274 billion in savings over 10 years from spending cuts to anti-poverty programs. These would include $193 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), $21 billion from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
It also scales back Disability Insurance offered through Social Security, a step critics say breaks Trump’s campaign promise to leave Social Security untouched.”
Democrats measure their compassion by how many people are dependent on government welfare programs.
Trump OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said the Trump administration will measure compassion based on how many people are independent of government programs.
Democrats – led by Nancy Pelosi – predictably played their “Republicans are heartless killers” card.
But it’s a big fat lie.
Trump fulfilled his campaign promise by proposing a budget that balances in ten years.
What’s heartless is piling on trillions of debt and destroying the ability of future generations to live in prosperity.