Donald Trump 2018 budget proposal: Key highlights

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Likewise, a 10-year, $191 billion reduction in food stamps - nearly 30 percent - far exceeds prior proposals by Capitol Hill Republicans.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, presented the plan differently, saying they will simply not raise the budget for numerous social safety net programs over ten years.

"If it's important enough for us to have then we should be paying for it, because right now my unborn grandchildren are going to be paying for it", Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney argued the administration considered how various policies and deregulatory measures would help increase economic output, lifting the revenue base and helping to achieve a balanced budget.

But in a news briefing, a State Department official said no one would lose their HIV medications due to the proposed cuts.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was more forthright about the arithmetic error in an interview with CNBC's John Harwood on Tuesday, emphasizing that the budget is merely a "preliminary document".

During question time, a reporter asked Mulvaney about Donald Trump's announcement as a candidate that he would "Save Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid without cuts - gotta do it", and whether the Trump was keeping his promises now that he's president.

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That Mulvaney's spin to sell draconian cuts to lifeline services for millions of vulnerable Americans in favor of "compassion" for wealthy taxpayers fell flat even with Republicans on the Hill is a sure sign that Trump's budget blueprint will largely be ignored by the GOP-controlled Congress. Nutritional assistance will be cut by $192 billion and overall welfare programs will be sliced by $272 billion, The New York Times reported.

Medicaid is now an entitlement program, which means anyone who qualifies for it receives insurance. That illogic eliminates the justification for social insurance altogether.

Instead of breaking the precedents of Washington's political system that he criticized so much, the head of State presents a plan of expenditures that keeps the conservative orthodoxy with lower taxes for those who have more and an increase in investment in defense. Voters in numerous states with the highest rates of disability, such as West Virginia and Arkansas, pushed Mr. Trump to victory in the 2016 election. But numerous states where residents rely most heavily on food stamps are also states where support for the president is strongest. He said the $4 trillion budget is by no means cutting off people who need help. "Doing so would improve the well being of families in all demographic groups and neighborhoods across the country".

Many Republicans, too, have been wary to overhaul food stamps, even as participation has more than doubled.

WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, is also on the chopping block.

As it turns out, numerous working poor who rely on SNAP benefits to get enough to eat are actually employed in the food industry.

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Trump upheld his promise - for the most part - that he would not cut Medicare and Social Security, two expensive safety-net programs that deficit hawks have long targeted for reforms.

Food stamps are "government at its best", she added. He said he started using SNAP benefits previous year because he struggled finding work after moving to the island.

Democrats charged that Trump's cuts would rip apart the social safety net.

Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that "receipts now are coming a little bit slower than expected".

California could also be hit hard by proposed cuts to the federal food stamps program. The average food stamp benefit is $133.85 a month, or the equivalent of $1.50 a meal. Some of those men are signing up for disability benefits, although no evidence has shown that applying for disability causes workers to permanently leave the labor force, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

The decline is particularly evident for men without college degrees, who are suffering from lower wages and fewer opportunities for advancement, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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