Majority of Trump FY 2018 Budget cuts Target Programs for Children, Youth, Poor

A new expert analysis finds that about three-fifths of the $4.3 trillion of non-defense cuts in President Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget come from programs assisting families, children, youth and those with low incomes.

These programs account for just 29% of non-defense spending and just 24% of total program spending. Yet President Trump’s budget would get 59% of its cuts from them.

In total, the Trump Administration’s budget would cut social services programs $2.5 trillion over 10 years.

President Trump’s budget would cut Medicaid by $1.6 trillion over 10 years, including cuts that result from repealing the Affordable Care Act, thereby reducing federal Medicaid spending by nearly half by 2027. The budget would also cut $193 billion (more than 25%) from SNAP/food stamps, leaving millions of low-income children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities to worry about having food on the table.

Discretionary (annually appropriated) programs would be slashed by $400 billion, eliminating housing vouchers for more than 250,000 struggling families and putting them at risk of homelessness, gutting job training programs, and ending help poor families need to heat and cool their homes. Spending on these non-defense discretionary programs in 2027 would fall to half of their 2010 levels under Trump’s plan.

The proposed reductions to low- and moderate-income programs would increase the number of uninsured by substantially more than 23 million; significantly undermine the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), which now provides basic food aid to more than 40 million low-income Americans; and dramatically reduce job training and education aid, which are essential to helping people move out of poverty by securing decent jobs.  Specifically, the budget includes $1.9 trillion in health care cuts.  The budget embraces the House bill’s approach to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would take health insurance away from 23 million people of modest means, raise out-of-pocket health costs for millions more, and substantially weaken key protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Trump Plan Gets 59% of Non-Defense Cuts from Social Service Programs
Program/Proposal Ten-year cuts
(in billions of dollars)
Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal -$1,250.0
Additional Medicaid cut -610.0
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -193.2
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) -21.8
Eliminate the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) -16.5
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) -9.0
Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) -28.0
Other mandatory -6.8
Estimated cut in discretionary low-income programs -400.5
Eliminate subsidized student loans -38.9
Total low-income cuts -$2.5 trillion
As a share of total non-defense programmatic cuts 59%

It then proposes additional Medicaid cuts on top of that. In combination, the cuts would total $1.9 trillion over the next decade, with the vast majority of these cuts occurring to Medicaid and the rest occurring to subsidies that help people with modest incomes afford insurance.  Specifically, the House bill’s Medicaid cuts and the new Medicaid cuts added in the budget would reduce federal Medicaid spending by $1.6 trillion from 2018 through 2027, cutting Medicaid by nearly half (47%) in 2027.

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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