Michigan politicians respond to federal budget proposal


LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Donald Trump's first big budget blueprint balances the federal budget by cutting spending by $3.6 trillion dollars over 10 years.

The proposed budget makes deep cuts to several programs, including food stamps, Meals on Wheels, and Medicaid.

Political Reporter Nick Minock reports from Lansing with a closer look at the proposal, which also looks to scale back funding to education.

President Trump's budget makes a dramatic statement. His 2018 budget makes cuts to higher education and K-12 programs while making increases to the military and veterans.

The Michigan Education Association is concerned for public schools.

Doug Pratt, with Michigan Education Association, said, “When it comes down to it, these cuts aren't about belt tightening or shifting responsibility. They are about trying to funnel money to private schools."

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget would reduce the Department of Education's budget by 13 percent, which means good bye to student loan subsidies, according to Doug Pratt.

Pratt said, "Student loan debt in this state is sky rocketing and this is going to do nothing to make college more affordable."

The budget would also impact after school programs.

Broad cuts the President’s Budget Director tell us are necessary … to finally *balance the federal budget.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House Budget Director, said, “We've gone from short term agreement to short term agreement to short term agreement for almost ten years. You can't run a government like that. It's one of the ways your spending gets out of control."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “The last President never proposed let alone tried to balance the budget."

Mulvaney said this is a taxpayer first budget.

He said, "We looked at this budget through the eyes of the people who were actually paying the bills."

Democrats disagree.

Michigan State Representative Jon Hoadley said, “The only taxpayers that Trump has put first is his millionaire and billionaire buddies."

They are hoping to defeat Republicans in 2018 by blasting President's Trump's cuts to health care, programs for the poor, and disability payments.

Hoadley said, "No one is going to be sitting this one out."

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is taking aim at the President's budget.

She said that it provides no funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative next year.

Republican Congressman Fred Upton also voiced his concerns about the Great Lakes Initiative funding.

To save money, Trump wants to bar undocumented immigrants from collecting dependent and child care tax credits, according to the New York Times.

The President's budget also calls funding for a new program to provide six weeks of paid leave to new parents.

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