The White House released its budget blueprint this week and Republican lawmakers have been quick to criticize President Donald Trump’s spending agenda for a variety of reasons.
The budget released by the White House offers a 13.2% cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which oversees Meals on Wheels, according to CNN.
Meals on Wheels is a program that receives federal funding to provide food assistance to older Americans, military veterans, and for other needy individuals.
The Hill reported that Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) also took issue with the cuts. Collins, describing the program as “wonderful,” said in a statement that he “would never vote to cut even one dollar” from the senior assistance program. Collins’ opposition is noteworthy — he was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump during the presidential campaign.
Other popular programs that would lose funding under the proposal include PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Chemical Safety Board.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, defended the cuts on Thursday, saying, “We’re not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.”
Mulvaney continued, per Politico:
“You’re only focusing on half of the equation, right? You’re focusing on recipients of the money. We’re trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place.”
Trump’s proposal is hardly the first step in the long and convoluted appropriations process, however. On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) responded to the proposal bluntly, “Historically, presidential budgets do not fare well with Congress.”