The election of Donald Trump along with a Republican-controlled Congress may mean fewer benefits for the less fortunate. The new administration and congress may substantially reduce non-defense discretionary spending, which includes many essential programs for low-income and moderate-income individuals. The reason for these cuts is that Republican leaders appear resolved to allow certain budget cuts to take full effect, thus further reducing funding for the aforementioned programs. Even larger cuts are possible as proposed by the most recent House Republican budget and the president-elect.
Every House GOP budget since 2011, as well as the most recent final House-Senate budget in 2015, trimmed programs for those with low-income to achieve the majority of its savings. In the House GOP’s most recent budget plan, 62 percent of $6 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years would come from reductions in such programs.
Both Trump and House GOP leaders have proposed large tax cuts that would mainly benefit higher-income individuals and cost several trillion dollars over the next decade. These budget deficits would then require further cuts to these domestic programs in future years to ease the resulting negative effects of prior reduced federal spending.
If history repeats itself then Trump’s biggest domestic policy changes will typically occur in his first year as the Republicans control power in Washington. A fast-track budget process called “reconciliation” is often utilized to push through an agenda without the necessity of approval from the opposing party, in this case, Democrats.
Thus, Republican leaders have plans to force through two major reconciliation bills in 2017. The first would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions and probably take effect at the start of 2019. This would leave the United States with a higher uninsured rate than before the ACA as estimated by the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute.
The second reconciliation bill could radically overhaul three core low-income assistance programs: Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), and the Supplemental Security Income program for the elderly and disabled poor.
Based on previous House GOP budgets, Republicans may very likely gut the basic structure of these programs. Recent House GOP budgets would instead give states fixed, inadequate pools of money like block grants, allowing the states flexibility to respond to the funding reductions by restricting eligibility and further reducing benefits.
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