The spending agreement that sets federal spending levels will expire at the end of April and President Trump is looking to this as an opportunity to begin cutting domestic programs, increase military spending and begin construction on the Southern Border Wall. In order to pay for this the administration is proposing to cut $18 billion from discretionary funding. These cuts would be especially painful for seniors and other vulnerable populations.
Resistance to the cuts could lead to a standoff between Congress and the President and ultimately a government shutdown, while passage would be disastrous; regardless of the legislative success of the plan, it is clear that the President’s priorities do not align with those of the American people. Below is a sample of the programs that are on the chopping block.
Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) cut 94%
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) cut 11%
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) cut 50%
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) cut 100%
Senior Corps cut 76%
This list represents only a fraction of what the President would like to cut. A complete list of the offsets can be seen here .
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