Trump proposes $15B in spending cuts to stem debt

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For their part, the Democrats will be at the juncture of making a decision about it since, for many of them, endorsing Trump's proposed cuts would win the trust of his voters in the November elections.

Even if the $15 billion package is approved it would only have a tiny impact on the government's budget deficit.

"This is money that was never going to be spent", a senior administration official said on a press call ahead of Tuesday's submission.

The spending cuts are less than half of 1 percent of federal expenditures this year, according to a USA Today article. "I'm not sure why they're against it just because Donald Trump is president".

The bulk of that request proposes eliminating $7 billion in budget authority from the Children's Health Insurance Program - $5 billion from fiscal 2017, for which there is no authority to spend the money, and $2 billion from a contingency fund for states that the White House doesn't expect any states to draw from, a senior administration official said. In response, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney cleansed the measure of cuts to the huge omnibus bill.

Lawmakers do have the ability to pare back the package, but they don't have the authority to add any more cuts in authorized spending to the proposal, and scaling back the rescissions would spoil the White House's talking point that this is the largest single rescission package ever sent to Congress.

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"Let's be honest about what this is: President Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking to tear apart the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), hurting middle-class families and low-income children", Schumer said.

Whilst House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has described the rescission package to "a much-needed spring cleaning", Sen. They are howling about the Republicans' proposed cuts. But while the package may pass the House it faces a more hard path - and potential procedural roadblocks - in the Senate. The Senate could be a tougher sell - though the administration said some Senate Democrats are on record having backed similar rescission cuts before.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) urged House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations committee, to "reject any attempts to rescind funds allocated for Hurricane Sandy rebuilding". To do that, McCarthy would need the support of conservative House Republicans, who spoke last month of taking an "aggressive" approach to budget rescissions. Now he says he's planning to submit several different packages of spending cuts - and it's likely they'll get more conservative with each new proposal.

Either way, the measure would face a challenging path in Congress, particularly the Senate.

In 1982, the General Accounting Office, a watchdog arm of Congress, said that "In our view, the Impoundment Control Act does not authorize impoundments of funds for these (mandatory) programs".

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