Trump Administration calls for $4.1 trillion for fiscal year 2018

The Trump Administration's nearly $4.1 trillion request for fiscal 2018 calls for cuts that hit Medicaid, food assistance and other anti-poverty programs. 

It would cut funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides benefits to the poor, by roughly 20% next year.

All told, the budget would reduce spending on safety-net programs by more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

Details of the budget drew outrage from democrats and a mix of anxiety and praise from republicans, illustrating the political mine-field that policy makers face as they debate whether to turn the proposals into law.

  • John Corlett, Center for Community Solutions

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