Trump’s budget proposal tees up new battle with Dems; work requirements for welfare recipients

In what is sure to pit President Donald Trump against resistant Democrats again, a just-released budget plan contains work requirements for welfare program recipients.

Trump released his 2020 budget proposal Monday, seeking an additional $8.6 billion in funding from Congress for the border wall as well as strengthening border security and the U.S. national defense while also combatting the opioid crisis and imposing spending cuts, Fox News reported.

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But while the administration is sure to get push-back from congressional Democrats on many of the items in the budget plan, Trump’s work requirements for those collecting welfare benefits will more than likely spark a showdown.

The plan looks to reform the nation’s social programs which aim to help lower-income Americans, such as housing assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. Newly proposed requirements would demand that 18-65 years old benefit recipients work at least 20 hours a week in a job, a job training program or a community service program in order to receive government aid, according to Fox News.

The new requirement would allow for a hardship exemption and builds on state-imposed requirements on Medicaid recipients which were enacted last year. Trump’s “Budget for a Better America” would be turning more power over to states on Medicaid, which would cut federal spending by $241 billion over the next decade, according to The Washington Post.

A national paid family leave proposal is also included in the budget plan as well as a SNAP replacement, known as America’s Harvest Box which could replace some of the food stamps aid in the form of boxes filled with nonperishable food items that have been grown by U.S. farmers.

About $327 billion in revenue could be generated over 10 years with welfare reform efforts, Fox Business reported. A $1.1 trillion deficit is projected by the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

“In the last two years, President Trump and his Administration have prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending. The Budget that we have presented to Congress and the American people…embodies fiscal responsibility and takes aim at Washington’s waste, fraud, and abuse,” Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement.

“Our national debt nearly doubled under the previous Administration and now stands at more than $22 trillion,” he added. “This Budget shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence while continuing to invest in critical priorities.”


Though Trump’s “tough” budget will be sparking renewed criticism from Democrats who will be picking apart his plans, many Twitter users applauded the controversial work requirements for those seeking government welfare aid.

Frieda Powers


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