Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump’s budget is ruthless to disabled and poor people

President Donald Trump’s budget would break one of his campaign promises to “keep Social Security intact.” Trump’s budget, according to several news sources that obtained leaked documents, would make significant cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which benefit disabled and low-income Americans. Axios reported that the 2018 budget proposal would cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), SSDI, and other mandatory programs by $1.7 trillion. The Washington Post also reported that leaked budget documents show there would be some change in funding for SSI. A source with knowledge of the 2018 budget told ThinkProgress that cuts to SSI would be so deep that the savings would be comparable to if the program were converted into a block grant. The White House has attempted to sidestep any criticisms of cuts to Social Security by claiming it won’t cut “mainline” Social Security. In a briefing on the budget on Monday, the director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney said, “But people say, ‘Oh, Social Security Disability Insurance is part of Social Security,’ if you ask 999 people out of 1,000, they’ll say it’s not part of Social Security.”

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