Did Trump's Budget Chief Really Say Cutting Meals Programs Is 'Compassionate'?

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Did Trump's Budget Chief Really Say Cutting Meals Programs Is 'Compassionate'?

"The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details", said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. The meals are prepared locally, frozen and delivered by volunteers, who also check up on clients' welfare.

People scrambled to assess the potential damage after President Donald J. Trump released a budget blueprint on Thursday that slashed many domestic programs. While some states do allocate CDBG money to Meals on Wheels, most of the nonprofit's funding comes from a different program in a completely different department, Meals on Wheels spokesperson Jenny Bertolette says.

Carolyn Doctor Green is friends with several seniors who get Meals from Meals on Wheels.

"Our home delivery meals program in the city, the Rose Centers for Aging well in the city", he said.

Meals on Wheels helps 2.4 million seniors have access to food while being able to stay in their own homes.

Mulvaney defended the administration's decision to cut the program during Thursday's White House press briefing, saying that while Meals on Wheels "sounds great," the results it delivers aren't necessarily worth the cost.

Trump may not support Meals on Wheels, but you can gladly do so on its website.

According to the New York Times, the proposed cuts come as Mr. Trump aims to boost defense spending as part of his $1.15 trillion budget.

"When you start looking at the places that will reduce spending, one of the questions that we asked was, can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?"

"Every penny counts for every nonprofit arts organization, and we'll definitely feel the impact of that", Venice Arts Associate Director Elysa Voshell said.

The State Department, like all departments who are going to be facing funding reductions under the budget outline, will have to decide how best to implement the cuts.

Covington said the local Meals on Wheels program doesn't get a large amount of money from the federal government. A second reporter then followed up several minutes later, using Meals on Wheels as an example yet again, and asked if this was a "hard-hearted budget". Similarly, there are cuts in infrastructure programs at the Department of Transportation for the same reason, he said.

Mulvaney said there was "mission creep" in the NIH and therefore "tremendous opportunity for savings".

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