Though other presidents have rescinded funds, Trump's proposed spending cuts would be the largest in almost two decades. The catchall spending bill, for instance, contained $7 billion in cuts to CHIP that were used elsewhere to boost other programs.
President Trump will propose a massive $15 billion spending cuts package to Congress on Tuesday, two months after the White House was stung by criticism from conservatives furious at the $300 billion funding hike Mr. Trump signed into law.
Given the economic imbalance created by the Trump Administration thanks to its spending bill and its new tax reform, the president has made a decision to cut spending by rescinding money from socially sensitive programs.
The cuts wouldn't have much impact, however, since they come from leftover funding from previous years that wouldn't be spent anyway. Trump will request a second round of rescissions to claw back spending in the recent $1.3 trillion 2018 omnibus funding package, but the timing and amount has not been announced.
Through the move the $1.3 trillion spending bill will remain unchanged, Fox News reports, but will eliminate wasteful spending.
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"It appears that sabotaging our health care system to the detriment of middle-class families wasn't enough for President Trump and Republicans; now they're going after health care dollars that millions of children rely on, especially during outbreaks of the flu and other deadly illnesses", commented US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. It would save $252 million at the U.S. Agency for International Development that was appropriated in fiscal 2015 for the Ebola response, which has largely concluded.
The senior official described the propsed cuts as money that sits in an account, and is important to get off the books.
Democrats in the House and Senate were withholding judgment on Trump's scaled-back cuts, pending more details. The Senate could be a tougher sell - though the administration said some Senate Democrats are on record having backed similar rescission cuts before.
"I implore you to reject any such cuts", King said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. More pragmatic Republicans, including the senior ranks of the powerful House and Senate Appropriations committees, rebelled against the measure. "To suggest that this is the closing chapter of the rescission narrative is not accurate".
The White House scheduled a briefing on the plan for reporters later on Monday. They argued that it would be breaking a bipartisan budget pact just weeks after it was negotiated. To do that, McCarthy would need the support of conservative House Republicans, who spoke last month of taking an "aggressive" approach to budget rescissions. Now he says he's planning to submit several different packages of spending cuts. But the cuts to the popular children's health insurance program probably could still be filibustered because they are so-called mandatory programs rather than annual appropriations.