Good luck getting this one approved, President Trump.
The White House on Sunday unveiled a $4.8 trillion budget proposal. It would slash spending dramatically on foreign aid and social safety nets, while including $2 billion for a southern border wall and substantially boosting funding to NASA, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.
Apparently that’s a bad thing.
Fox News has confirmed the details of the budget, which The Wall Street Journal first reported.
The package as-is stands little chance of passage in the House of Representatives, which the Democrats have controlled.
Still, it served as a signal of the president’s priorities as Republicans have aimed to retake the chamber in the 2020 elections.
The plan aims to eliminate the federal deficit — or the difference between spending and revenue that is slated to exceed $1 trillion this year — by 2035.
In all, the White House is seeking to cut $4.4 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years, including reductions in spending on food stamps and federal disability benefits through more stringent work and eligibility requirements.
Democrat members of the House of Representatives, left-leaning activists, and of course, all the remaining Democratic presidential candidates have attacked the Trump administration over “killing social programs” such as welfare, food assistance, and social security disability.
In a recent interview, Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow explained these cuts as “much needed” to combat fraud, waste, and abuse.
Abuses are common in the $1 trillion annual social programs budget with $70 billion set aside for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Critics claim that groups of recipients are ripping off the American taxpayer by claiming benefits for which they aren’t eligible, claiming more benefits than those to which they’re legally entitled, and by selling food stamps for cash – the most common form of abuse, and also the hardest to trace.
Food stamp abuse has been a thing since just 6 months after the USDA initiated the program in 1939, when Nick Salzano, a grocer, overcharged food stamp recipients for grocery items.
Another program rife with fraud is social security disability.
Simply put, there are people are claiming disabilities they don’t actually have, or faking conditions in order to receive Federal benefits. Most recently, false PTSD claims have skyrocketed, but have produced large gains in the number of recipients, nonetheless.
Total cuts to “non-defense discretionary programs,” which do not include Medicare or Social Security, amount to $2 trillion in savings under the plan.
The budget additionally calls for renewing the Trump administration’s tax cuts for individuals and families that would otherwise expire in 2025. Modifications in Medicare prescription-drug pricing would account for $130 billion in savings.
“Working together, the Congress can reduce drug prices substantially from current levels,” Trump said.
His comments were made during last week’s State of the Union address.
“I have been speaking to Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and others in the Congress in order to get something on drug pricing done, and done properly. I am calling for bipartisan legislation that achieves the goal of dramatically lowering prescription drug prices. Get a bill to my desk, and I will sign it into law without delay.”
Foreign aid would be reduced by 21 percent, in keeping with the president’s push to have other countries pay what he calls their “fair share” for their own defense.
Trump’s temporary suspension of aid to Ukraine helped trigger impeachment proceedings; one of Republicans’ defenses was that the president has long sought to suspend or reduce U.S. financial commitments overseas — especially to notoriously corrupt countries.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would face a massive 26-percent reduction in funding. The Trump administration has rolled back Obama-era EPA regulations and oversight, saying they have hurt the economy for little benefit.
The proposal also would cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget by 15 percent, while incorporating $2.8 billion for grants to help combat homelessness. And, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would see a 9 percent cut, although its $4.3 billion allocation for fighting infectious disease would remain amid the coronavirus spread.
Homeland Security’s budget would grow by 3 percent; the National Nuclear Security Administration’s by 19 percent; and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ by 13 percent.
Since taking office, Trump has made space exploration one of its top priorities, and his administration has set a target of 2024 for the next lunar landing.
Long-term, NASA has wanted to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon with the goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s.
Trump’s budget specifically would increase NASA spending from about $22.6 billion to $25.2 billion in fiscal 2021, one of the biggest spending increases requested since the 1990s. $3 billion will go toward new funding to develop human landers.
The Fiscal Year 2021 budget further aims to increase military spending 0.3 percent to $740.5 billion.
It doubles spending on artificial intelligence from $973 million to nearly $2 billion by 2020, including a focus on quantum computing.
On the flip side, democrats are pushing for new legislation that would ramp up spending… in a way that might blow your mind.
“New Way Forward?” How about “No Way Forward?”
Just when you think Democrats can’t out liberal themselves, along comes something else that tops even the most radical proposals.
There is a bill that has been proposed in Congress called the “New Way Forward Act.”
This bill would accomplish several things, among them making deportation of criminals harder, would decriminalize illegal immigration, and would return criminal immigrants back into the U.S.
Immigration experts and House Republican leadership have slammed the bill, referring to it as possibly the most “radical” legislation in U.S. history.
House GOP Conference chair Liz Cheney, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and the Center for Immigration Studies spoke to the Daily Caller about the impact of the bill.
The bill was introduced by Illinois Rep. Jesus Garcia (D), along with several other progressive members of the House in December of last year without much of an ordeal.
The proposal calls for the decriminalization of illegal immigration, would make it more difficult to deport convicted criminal illegal immigrants, empower immigration judges to nullify deportation orders, and also calls for the return of previously deported illegal immigrants. God help us if somehow the Democrats ever get Congress and the White House at the same time.
The legislation has drawn 43 co-sponsors, which has drawn the attention of Republicans, as well as Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who dove into the 4,400-word bill on Thursday.
He compared the ramifications, saying if passed, they could have as much of an impact on the country as the Constitution.
Carlson isn’t an alarmist and he does his homework.
Lawmakers are trying to make life worse for people across America. The New Way Forward Act protects serious felons from deportation and gives previously deported criminals a “right to come home” at your expense. And that’s not all. https://t.co/Bo71Yy0RON
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 7, 2020
Friday night, Tucker had Raul Reyes, an NBC contributor who supports the bill, on his program to discuss why on Earth this is a good idea.
Immigration experts and Liz Cheney spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“The New Way Forward Act is arguably the most radical piece of immigration legislation in American history. The act shields criminal illegal aliens from deportation, decriminalizes illegal entry, and creates a pathway for deported illegal aliens to return back to the U.S.,” said Matthew Tragesser, spokesman for the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
“It’s clear that House Democrats care more about illegal aliens than law-abiding Americans and view criminals as victims.” Clearly.
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We already know where the Democratic presidential candidates stand.
And in the case of the New Way Forward Act, Crazy Bernie and Elizabeth “Betty Wigwam” Warren have come out in support of the proposal. Sanders in fact has come out as wanting to virtually cease all deportations.
Under the New Way Forward bill, it would put rocket fuel on these proposals.
Some highlights…the minimum sentences that require deportation would rise from one year to five years. In essence, this means that illegal aliens who are convicted of crimes such as auto theft, weapons offenses and fraud—all crimes with average sentences of less than five years, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics—would not be required to be removed from the country.
The pièce de résistance…the legislation calls for the widespread return of criminal illegal aliens who have previously been deported from the country. Any illegal aliens deported since April 1996—if they would have otherwise been considered un-deportable under the terms of this bill—would be allowed to come back to the U.S.
“Make no mistake: House Democrats have embraced open borders policies,” Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, leader of the House Republican caucus, told the DCNF.
“The ideas included in this radical bill, on top of their plans to give free health care to illegal immigrants and abolish ICE, all would jeopardize the security of the nation and reward people who cross the border illegally. On so many important issues, House Democrats have adopted an extreme and socialist agenda that’s wrong for the country,” Cheney said.
“Every day, they show the American people why they cannot be trusted with power,” she added.
Garcia did not respond to a request to be interviewed by the Daily Caller.
In the press release plugging the New Way Forward, Garcia said that it was a way to “disrupt the prison to deportation pipeline,” and that it “corrects racial and anti-immigrant injustices embedded in our immigration laws.”
A separate document pushed by Garcia’s office states that the laws which made unauthorized entry into the U.S. a federal crime were “born from white supremacist ideology and politics.”
In his 2020 State of the Union address, President Trump spoke to the dangers of not enforcing illegal immigration, stating the need for local authorities to cooperate with ICE and introducing a guest whose brother died at the hands of an illegal alien who had been previously released from local custody.
Trump also touted a GOP bill in the Senate that would allow victims of illegal alien crime to sue states that released the illegal in defiance of an ICE detainer.
“Democrats in the House have prioritized open borders over the safety of citizens and legal law-abiding immigrants,” said Marguerite Telford, a spokeswoman for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based immigration think tank in a statement.
Just as with President Trump; Telford compared Democratic immigration priorities with that of Republicans.
“Contrast that with most Republicans who are worried about safety and focus on sanctuary jurisdictions, driver’s license laws, knowing who is crossing our border…and the rule of law in general,” she continued.
“For example, Rep. Gosar has the Criminal Alien Removal Clarification Act, which stands in stark contrast to the New Way Bill.
Of course, the usual suspects, such as the ACLU support the bill. They claim that the 1994 crime bill signed into law by President Clinton, along with two bills signed by Clinton in 1996—the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as well as the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 resulted in the so-called “draconian” immigration enforcement system of today.
You know that if the ACLU is on board, it is good for the criminals and bad for law-abiding citizens, and this is no exception. This bill, which has ZERO chance of getting through the Senate were it to somehow get through the House, is exactly they kind of bill that American citizens can expect if the Democrats were to somehow regain control of the Senate and the White House.
That is why especially for law enforcement, for the rule of law, and for the protection of our citizens, it is important to keep the right people in the right positions in government, and restore some sanity to Congress, especially in the House.
This proposed law should scare the daylights out of any right-thinking citizen of this country.