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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Senate Republicans are proposing to slash Medicare spending by $473 billion over a decade, once again diverging from one of President Donald Trump's key campaign promises, according to Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee. The panel's minority party staff, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, published the figure in a five-page report, obtained by POLITICO. Although the cuts would occur under the fiscal 2018 budget resolution Senate Republicans unveiled last week, the details are not outlined in any public documents the GOP has released so far. The Republican plan would slash $5.071 trillion from domestic programs over a decade, but it provides almost no detail on what accounts would be targeted.

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Democrats have warned that the GOP would largely cut from safety net programs, which make up a large share of mandatory spending.

Sanders and other liberal senators have seized on the proposed cuts, in part because Republicans plan to use the budget document to lower corporate tax rates.

Democrats say the GOP's budget resolution would also include $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, another figure not specifically included in the Republican budget outline.

About $660 billion would come from discretionary programs, while the vast majority would come from mandatory programs, which could include housing aid, Medicaid or food stamps.

Democrats have predicted potential cuts under the Republican proposal by estimating the reductions proportionally. That could mean a $100 billion cut to Pell Grants, $37 billion to Section 8 housing assistance and $37 billion to the National Institutes of Health.

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The GOP proving that they only care about the 1%. Health care and education are privileges for the wealthy only. The rest can ---- themselves.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-05 11:02 AM | Reply

These figures are staggering. I remember Romney saying he wasn't worried about the poor because of the safety net. These cuts would eviscerate the safety net for the poor, but they would also hurt the working and middle class as well as senior citizens.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-05 11:24 AM | Reply

Democrats should tell Republicans that for every penny they cut from the taxes on the 1% they will make sure 2 pennies are added to their taxes when they finally return to power.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-05 11:25 AM | Reply

Senate Republicans are proposing to slash Medicare spending by $473 billion over a decade, once again diverging from one of President Donald Trump's key campaign promises

Posted by 726 at 11:02 AM | 3 COMMENTS

Donald lies.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-10-05 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Anyone who thinks that "corporate shill and whore" Hillary Clinton would have signed off on such draconian budget cuts is out of their g-d damn, cotton-pickin' minds. But rest assured the populist, MAGA, man of the people Donald Trump will happily sign it and then throw a beer and cigar party on the WH lawn afterwards.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-05 11:36 AM | Reply

The Republican plan would slash $5.071 trillion from domestic programs over a decade, but it provides almost no detail on what accounts would be targeted.

Because details aren't needed.

Anything that helps the average citizen will be cut.

Any budgetary gains made through cuts will be squandered via tax cuts largely to the wealthy, increased corporate welfare and increased defense spending.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-05 11:55 AM | Reply

Anyone who thinks there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans should also pay attention to how votes on the budget, healthcare and tax "reform" split along mainly partisan lines.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-05 12:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Yeah, but look on the bright side; kid's school lunch money and senior's food stamp money will buy Mackris a new sail for her boat, and what is more important than that?

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-05 12:39 PM | Reply

Corky, iff you've ever used an old sail you wouldn't be so flippant.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-05 12:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

She just wants a fuchsia colored sail with MAGA and a nude shot of Vlad printed on it.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-05 01:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.
8:38 AM - May 7, 2015

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Huckabee is a nice guy but will never be able to bring in the funds so as not to cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. I will.
8:40 AM - May 7, 2015

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The Republicans who want to cut SS & Medicaid are wrong. A robust economy will Make America Great Again! www.donaldjtrump.com
1:23 AM - Jul 11, 2015

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I am going to save Medicare and Medicaid, Carson wants to abolish, and failing candidate Gov. John Kasich doesn't have a clue - weak!
9:30 PM - Oct 30, 2015

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-05 02:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#11 Unlike 2016 in 2020, Trump will have a record to run on and which all his campaign promises can be judged against.

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-05 03:19 PM | Reply

My mom watches Rachel Maddow and believes her Medicare is already gone and that Russian hoodlums have taken over downtown Salt Lake City.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-05 03:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

My mom watches Rachel Maddow and believes her Medicare is already gone and that Russian hoodlums have taken over downtown Salt Lake City.

#13 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Your mom drinks water and believes her Medicare is already gone and that Russian hoodlums have taken over downtown Salt Lake City.

Both these statements have the same amount of correlation since Maddow has never said or led listeners to believe anything of the sort.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-05 04:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#1 rule in comedy, Sheepdip... If it aint true, it aint funneh.

#15 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-05 04:59 PM | Reply

so basically this may be a good reason to rethink that bumpstock ban

#16 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-05 05:02 PM | Reply

My mom watches Rachel Maddow and believes her Medicare is already gone and that Russian hoodlums have taken over downtown Salt Lake City.

#13 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

That explains where you get your dementia.

It's genetic.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-05 05:05 PM | Reply

Drinking water => watching Madcow?

*cracks open a Diet Coke*

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-05 05:21 PM | Reply

Watching Madcow=>dementia?

wow.

#19 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-05 05:22 PM | Reply

Watching Madcow=>dementia?

wow.

#19 | Posted by Rightocenter

Apparently you have it too.

Watching Maddow and hearing something that was never said.

THAT dementia.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-05 05:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

My mom watches Rachel Maddow and believes her Medicare is already gone and that Russian hoodlums have taken over downtown Salt Lake City.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism

You should tell her that her son spends all day defending russian agents since they didn't like hillary too.

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-05 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

^THIS

#22 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-10-05 07:12 PM | Reply

"$1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid"

really they want to cut the funds to a program to help the very poorest of the poor and the handicap.

I hope they enjoy hell the bastards

#23 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-10-05 07:24 PM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Wow. Good thing she isn't drinking the FOX koolaid or you'd be helping her build a doomsday vault by now.

You should put her in a home if she's that insane.

#24 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-10-05 07:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Anybody who is surprised by this hasn't been paying attention. Rs have hated Medicare and Social Security as long as they have existed. And people who depend on both vote for them.

#25 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-10-05 08:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

When the dems took 716 billion from Medicare to be spread over 10 years to help fund obamacare the left had no problem with medicare cuts ...

www.washingtonpost.com

#26 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-10-05 11:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

$473 Billion is not enough. Get rid of medicare and Medicaid altogether.

#27 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-10-06 02:08 PM | Reply

Get rid of medicare and Medicaid altogether.

#27 | POSTED BY BOGEY1355

Then watch the price of medical care really soar!

#28 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-07 12:27 AM | Reply

You guys are talking as if Medicare is a welfare program. It is not.

If that's the intent, just let it die. We already have welfare programs.

#29 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-10-07 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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