Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

20 Ways Trump's Budget Declares New War on the Poor by Hurting Seniors, People with Disabilities, Children and Single Mothers

Editor’s note: President Trump’s 2018 budget destroys America’s social safety nets. It would badly hurt seniors and people with disabilities, roll back children’s health care, slash already stingy anti-poverty programs for single mothers and shift costs to states that cannot afford them—all while ludicrously saying it is compassionate. What follows are 20 specifics excerpted from blogs by economists at the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on how his budget would impact these people and programs.

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Trump’s Budget Betrays Millions Who Trusted Him by Adding Desperation to Their Lives

President Trump’s new budget should lay to rest any belief that he’s looking out for the millions of people the economy has left behind. 

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Four Reasons Why Raising Social Security's Retirement Age Cuts Everyone's Benefits

Some policymakers, including prominent presidential candidates, have endorsed raising Social Security’s full retirement age to improve the program’s long-term solvency. 

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Low-income Families Hurt by Tax Cut

The tax bill that President Bush signed May 28 dropped a child tax credit provision included in the Senate version of the bill that would have assisted close to 12 million children in low-income working families, many of whom receive no benefit from the final legislation. A front page story in the New York Times on May 29 highlighted the absence of this provision.[1] In explaining why this provision was dropped, a spokeswoman for the House Ways and Means Committee told the New York Times that the provision was in the bill when the cost of the package was tentatively set at $380 billion but was one of the provisions that had to be dropped to reduce the bill's cost to $350 billion. Since the cost of the dropped provision was only $3.5 billion, it appears this decision was not necessary. It would not have been difficult to provide room for the provision in the bill.

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