Do the Republican Budget Proposals Include Cuts to Social Security, Unemployment and Welfare Benefits?


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The House Republican budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year includes cuts to most government assistance programs including $913 billion in cuts to Medicare over the next 10 years and $1 trillion in unspecified cuts to various welfare programs. The budget does not include direct cuts to Social Security.

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The budget proposes billions in decreased spending for government programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits. Under this plan Medicare will transition to a block grant program for those over 56 with a voucher program for those under 56. The budget also calls for a total repeal of the Affordable Care Act while also proposing dramatically increased military and defense spending.

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