Trump expected to announce 2018 budget, billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, food stamps

Posted at 6:00 AM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 06:50:58-04

The president will present his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday. That means the public will get a look at some of the billions of dollars in planned cuts the president would like to make across the federal government.

The final budget presentation is months overdue. Americans got a taste of what the president would like to cut back in March when he released his budget preview. Tuesday, though, Americans will learn what's actually on the chopping block.

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Lawmakers are reporting deep cuts will be made to benefit programs like Medicaid, food stamps, some federal subsidies and federal employee pensions.

The proposal is getting some pushback, even from Congressional Republicans. The GOP health care bill that passed earlier in May included $800 million in cuts to Medicaid. Trump's budget proposal will likely pile on to that, say lawmakers, stripping Medicaid of much of its budget. Republicans like Ohio Governor John Kasich have come out in opposition to the plan.

In March, the president’s preview showed his intention to make cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and other institutions. Americans will know Tuesday if that's actually the case.

The president says he plans to balance the federal budget over the next ten years, in part, by making deep cuts.