Even the president of the conservative American Action Forum, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, told the paper that while an argument could be made that the budget didn't intentionally double-count, at first glance the budget and tax-plan figures "don't seem to match".
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney slammed what he says is not mere fear-mongering but outright lies by Democrats about President Trump's federal budget proposal. The CBO projects that 14 million people would lose health insurance next year under the plan, and 23 million over the next decade.
"It's a taxpayer-1st budget", Mr. Mulvaney said.
"Among the litter of broken promises already dispersed en masse by this tragically inexperienced administration, perhaps most egregious are the violations within the document that was just released".
"We are talking about half the births in the United States, 30 million children, and half of all nursing home and long-term care nationwide for senior citizens and people with disabilities", said Democratic representative Jan Schakowsky, citing Medicaid's extensive reach.
As you might image, the Budget Committee's Democrats were scathing in their assessment of President Trump's first budget. This time, though, we haven't a penny to spare on stimulating the economy and job growth - in this imaginary recession, we can only cut benefits for the sick, the poor, and the young people that will drive the future of our country.
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The former reality television personality has repeatedly called the agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated". The Trump administration's decision comes at crucial moment for US-Iranian relations.
Due to the exaggerated growth assumption, Trump's budget assumes a $2 trillion increase in revenue through economic growth that will balance the budget. The program would no longer be an open-ended entitlement, and one of the ways states are expected to respond is by restricting eligibility.
"It appears to be the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in the almost 40 years I have been tracking them", he wrote in his blog.
Trump's plan calls for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care law, cutting Medicaid, eliminating student loan subsidies and sharply slashing food stamps. That level of growth hasn't been achieved over a full calendar year in more than a decade, and the Congressional Budget Office has forecast a growth rate of about 2 percent over the next 10 years.
His argument is that Medicaid funding will still increase in dollar terms each year during the 10-year budget window. But they also credit the Trump administration with at least trying to get things into balance, and welcome the bullish attitude on the economy.
"I have news for you, both parties: If we do not get to 3 percent growth, it is unlikely we will ever balance the budget again", he told a House panel Wednesday.
The $4.1 trillion proposal unveiled Monday sets a goal of 3 percent economic growth.