With Republicans poised to defeat President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget plan, Democrats will fight to keep the party’s promise to balance the budget.
They’ll also argue that Democrats’ proposal will make life more difficult for many people in rural America who rely on Medicaid and other federal assistance to pay for their health care.
The GOP’s budget is likely to be the first significant overhaul of the federal budget since the Great Recession, and it will face intense scrutiny from Democratic leaders who say it would worsen the country’s long-term health care challenges.
A Trump administration official said Monday that the administration is reviewing the president’s plan, and that it would not be finalized until later this year.
The president is expected to unveil a budget later this month, and Democrats say they expect the administration to include $4 trillion in cuts, including $300 billion in cuts to Medicaid, $300 million in cuts from Social Security, and $300 billions in reductions from food stamps and other government benefits.
Democrats say the budget plan will force many Americans to go without coverage and would result in higher costs for millions of Americans.
They’re also worried about the impact of the plan on states that have struggled to find insurance in recent years.
Republicans have already faced pressure from Democrats and President Donald J. Trump himself over the budget, including a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan in July that said Republicans should take a harder line on health care, especially Medicaid.
The Republican budget also would require states to expand Medicaid to include a number of vulnerable people.
Democratic leaders have said they will resist the proposal, even if they can get some savings from it.
But if they fail, Democrats believe it would undermine their commitment to the Affordable Care Act, which the Trump administration and the GOP say has helped the nation’s health care system.
Democrats have called on Republicans to adopt their own budget, with their own plan to balance and improve the nations budget.
While they’re confident that Republicans will pass the budget by March 1, Democrats say the administration’s approach to the budget would put the U.S. at a greater disadvantage in the global economic crisis.
“If Republicans don’t act now to ensure that we get the necessary funding for the essential functions of our nation, it is going to be a real disaster,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.
It is not clear how much the administration would lose under the proposal.
But Democrats believe the administration has made it clear that it will cut spending, particularly on programs for the poor, people with disabilities and veterans, and the White House has already signaled it would be open to the possibility of other spending cuts, especially for programs for low-income Americans.
“It’s very likely that the White.
House has said, ‘We don’t need to do this, we don’t want to do it,’ and I think they’re right,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D.W.
Va.), a member of the Budget Committee, said Monday.
In a letter last week to House Republican leaders, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Ron Wyden Ronald (Ron) Lee WydenExperts see 5G as defense to ‘Stingray’ spying Hillicon Valley: SEC charges Elon Musk with fraud | New flaws found in voting machines | EU approves controversial copyright law MORE (D.-Ore.) urged them to hold off on any final budget vote until after the budget is unveiled and to work with the administration on “alternative” budget proposals that could also contain some spending cuts.