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What’s in the Trump budget?

What’s in the Trump budget?

The administration calls for directing $17 billion to fight and address the scourge of opioid addiction, which Trump labeled a national health emergency in October.
This includes funding for traditional efforts, such as grants and Medicare funding for treatment programs.
The outline includes an $18 billion request to fund construction of a border wall, including $1.6 billion for “approximately 65 miles of border wall in south Texas.”
The administration is also asking for funding for technology improvements to make the immigration system more efficient.
The proposal also calls for states to create paid family leave programs similar to the unemployment insurance system.
The proposal calls for a fairly substantial overhaul of the Education Department’s student loan programs, including consolidating the increasingly common income-based repayment plans into a single program.
It also proposed changes to aid programs for low-income students, such as turning the Federal Work Study program into a job training initiative.
The proposal outlines how several government departments are focusing resources and time on fossil fuel programs, largely at the expense of renewable energy and climate change programs.
The Defense Department is asking for a major boost in military spending for 2019, requesting Congress approve a budget of $686 billion — one of the largest in its history.
The Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, provides funding to organizations like Meals on Wheels; the program received an outpouring of support last year when the administration also proposed eliminating CDBG.

An Uncertain Future Lies Ahead for the GOP’s Obamacare Repeal After Senate Shelves Vote

An Uncertain Future Lies Ahead for the GOP’s Obamacare Repeal After Senate Shelves Vote

(WASHINGTON) — The Republican Party’s long-promised repeal of “Obamacare” stands in limbo after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, abruptly shelved a vote on legislation to fulfill the promise.
Trump immediately invited Senate Republicans to the White House, but the message he delivered to them before reporters were ushered out of the room was not entirely hopeful. “This will be great if we get it done, and if we don’t get it done it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK and I understand that very well,” he told the senators, who surrounded him at tables arranged in a giant square in the East Room.
Most wore grim expressions.
McConnell promised to revisit the legislation after Congress’ July 4 recess.
McConnell can lose only two senators from his 52-member caucus and still pass the bill, with Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote.
Conservatives like Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah argue that the legislation doesn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare.
But moderates like Heller and Susan Collins of Maine criticize the bill as overly punitive in throwing people off insurance roles and limiting benefits paid by Medicaid, which has become the nation’s biggest health care program, covering nursing home care for seniors as well as care for many poor Americans.
McConnell told senators he wanted them to agree to a final version of the bill before the end of this week so they could seek a new analysis by the budget office.
It would cut Medicaid, which provides health insurance to over 70 million poor and disabled people, by $772 billion through 2026 by capping its overall spending and phasing out Obama’s expansion of the program.

Republican Senator Vital to Health Bill’s Passage Won’t Support It

Republican Senator Vital to Health Bill’s Passage Won’t Support It

WASHINGTON — Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, perhaps the most vulnerable Republican facing re-election in 2018, said Friday that he would not support the Senate health care overhaul as written, dealing a serious blow to his party’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act just days before a showdown vote.
“I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans,” he said at a news conference in Las Vegas, standing next to Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, who accepted federal funding under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid.
After vowing for the last seven years to tear up what they call Obamacare, congressional Republicans and President Trump are under pressure from their conservative base to fulfill their campaign promises.
But Republican lawmakers in swing states face an excruciating choice: risk angering their grass-roots supporters by walking away from the repeal effort or expose themselves to Democratic attacks by pushing through a bill that is deeply unpopular, according to polls.
Strikingly, there has been little in the way of advertising from the right pushing Republicans to support the bill.
Liberal groups have already organized protests against the bill, and Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, plans to lead a campaign-style tour this weekend through West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, three states with Republican senators that also expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
In Nevada, Representative Jacky Rosen has signaled she is likely to run against Mr. Heller, and Randy Friese, an Arizona state representative and trauma surgeon, said he was leaning toward challenging Mr. Flake.
Mr. Kasich shares a home state with Senator Rob Portman, a Republican who was just re-elected to a second term in November, and has not yet taken a stance on the legislation.
These are our neighbors,” Mr. Sandoval said of the 210,000 Nevadans who obtained Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
“If they do repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s literally going to put hundreds of thousands of Virginians at risk of losing their coverage,” Mr. Northam said, adding, “I don’t think they have a clue what they’re doing in Washington right now.” Mr. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said health care would be one of the central themes of his campaign, warning, “Everybody should be worried.” The bill is also expected to face resistance from mayors, including some Republicans, during a meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach this weekend.