Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

He says the budget is aimed at restoring confidence in other taxpayers.

Even Republicans in Congress stressed that the administration's budget would not survive the legislative review process, which starts this week with hearings on Capitol Hill.

Trump's plan for the budget year beginning October 1 makes deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The cuts come with a huge price that would be paid disproportionately by the poor, disabled and elderly. People familiar with the plan were not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight these disastrous cuts and enact a more balanced, fiscally responsible budget that focuses on job creation and strengthening the middle-class".

President Obama created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which pledged to to cancel any remaining student debt for individuals who work for the government or nonprofits if they've been making their payments on time for 10 years.

The new cuts are unpopular as well.

"We are not kicking anybody off any program who really needs it", he said. By March 2015, the number of food stamp recipients dropped by 80 percent, to 2,678 recipients who chose to get a job, participate in job training, or volunteer. In February, 47 percent of Americans said they trusted Republicans in Congress to handle the economy - 4 percentage points less than now.

The Trump Administration on May 23 released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget, which immediately generated negative responses from Democrats who decried the White House plan to reduce the federal share of Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years.

Sitting before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, Mick Mulvaney, Trump's director of management and budget, said his numbers were sound.

The budget relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade.

This, in addition to alleged savings from killing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the name of ending "Obamacare", despite the growing popularity of the program and the growing unpopularity of the Republicans' anemic alternative.

Republicans are still eying cuts to the program, but none as large as what Trump has proposed.

"I would think that the health care bill is our best policy statement on Medicaid going forward", said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the program.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said the White House budget would cripple rural areas of her state by reducing Medicaid funding for hospitals and skilled nursing centers, in locales where Trump received overwhelming support last November. Sen.

-The Poor, Part II: Trump's budget would cut the food stamp program by $191 billion over the next decade. After negotiations with the Senate, the cut was reduced to an almost-negligible 1 percent that only affected a handful of states.

Trump's budget would require states to fund one dollar for every four dollars the federal government spends on food stamps. The Trump administration says this would help move people off the rolls.

"The budget's a starting point".

"And we [will] continue to do it like that", he said.

Trump's balanced-budget goal depends not only on the growth projections that most economists view as overly optimistic but also a variety of accounting gimmicks, including an nearly $600 billion peace dividend from winding down overseas military operations and "double counting" $2.1 trillion in revenues from economic growth - using them to both pay for tax cuts and bring down the deficit.