Democrats take aim at spending plan - NBC News' Tracie Potts reports
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA/KECY) - President Donald Trump's $4.8-trillion budget boosts the military, protects social security, and builds the wall...
" We're gonna have a very good budget... " said the President.
But it also cuts food stamps, farm subsidies, and student loans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims it's "brazenly inflicting savage multi-billion dollar cuts to Medicare and Medicaid."
"Her accusations are totally false. Medicare will grow up, will grow by 6%. Medicaid will grow by 3%." says Russ Vought, Acting Director of the Office of Management.
Neither's quite true. The budget is based on rosy predictions and program changes.
The big question: is there any room for compromise?
" We got a good energy bill coming up, might be the only thing that can be done in Congress." said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.
"We can reduce drug prices unbelievably easily and substantially but we have to get Democrat votes." said President Trump.
Those votes may be hard to come by in post-impeachment Washington.
The Attorney General confirmed today the Justice Department is still taking information on Ukraine and the Bidens from President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Guiliani. This after Trump ousted National Security aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified against him.
"He's paying a heavy price - he's been fired by this President for telling the truth." said Senator Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois.
"I would just say don't let the door hit you on the way out." said Senator Devin Nunes, (R) California.
The Senate's top Democrat is asking the Inspector General to investigate.
The President promises to balance the budget within 15-years. It predicts the national debt will peak next year, then start to fall. Even some Republicans seem concerned about keeping that promise.