House Democrats are banding together this week in opposition to President Trump's 2020 budget proposal, but the unity may prove to be short-lived as party leaders prepare their own budget blueprint in the weeks ahead.
"Something they gave, millionaires and billionaires excessive tax breaks, and who are they asking to pay for it?" said Biden, speaking at firefighters' conference in Washington, DC. Lawmakers have not agreed to any of the large-scale cuts to education spending that Trump has sought. It raises spending on health care for veterans, efforts to lower prescription drug prices, a school voucher program, and infrastructure.
The AAAS further calculates that the Department of Energy's office of science - which is the largest federal funder of basic research in the physical sciences - would face a 16.5% decrease to $5.5 billion under Trump's 2020 proposal, and the Environmental Protection Agency's science and technology office is slated for a $243 million cut, which translates to a drop of 34.5%. "He hasn't proposed what he advocated for as a candidate?"
Some health and hospital groups warned these types of Medicare cuts would lead to some seniors not getting the care they need, especially if more pre-approvals are required for certain procedures. "Are you against it?"
"I've got to acknowledge up front that Congress and the administration have not been synced up, or on the same page, around the total funding number for the department", Jim Blew, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy, said on a call with reporters Monday.
Regarding the Trump administration and Congress not being "synced up" over education policy and funding issues, he added, "It is largely a philosophical disagreement about what role the federal government should be playing in state and local education".
"I look forward to working with Congress to pass a budget that truly puts the needs of students, parents, teachers and local leaders first, because it is my honest belief that if we give them the freedom to break free from the one-size-fits-all 'school system, ' we will truly begin to unleash our nation's full potential".
"It's a new fiscal year, but the Trump budget is telling the same, cruel story: corporations before working Americans". The White House budget office explains the president's budget includes spending cuts valued at $2.7 trillion. "This is the process that is not on autopilot".
President Trump's budget would see the deficit shrink over time, however; it relies on an assumption that some economists are calling unrealistic.
The Democratic chairman of the Budget panel, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, opened the hearing calling Trump's proposed $2.7 trillion in spending cuts to health care, education and food assistance "extreme to a level that is malicious, a level that is meant to do harm".
Tax cuts have been a priority for the Republican White House and Congress in the past two years, rather than deficit reduction.
Trump's budget "proposes that USDA responsibly and efficiently use taxpayer resources by making targeted reforms to duplicative programs and overly generous subsidy programs", according to the document. The administration official said that "6 billion dollars at a time of 1-trillion-dollar deficit is something that is affordable for the country". The Hagstrom Report says the proposed budget also imposes work requirements on recipients of Medicare and federal housing benefits.
Rep. Nita Lowey, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, in a press release called the overall budget, which also includes a request for additional funding for the border wall, "even more untethered from reality" than the last two, and said it has "no chance of garnering the necessary bipartisan support to become law".