Sun Mar 19, 2017, 07:15 AM
Troll2 (11,215 posts)
Here's the truth about Meals on Wheels in Trump's budget
WASHINGTON — President Trump's first budget proposal to Congress last week specifically identified steep cuts to hundreds of domestic programs, but Meals on Wheels wasn't one of them.
The popular program — which mainly uses volunteer drivers to provide hot meals to older Americans across the country — doesn't directly receive federal funding. As Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters Thursday, "Meals on Wheels is not a federal program."
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, which administers the community development block grant program that Trump targeted for elimination, couldn't say how much of that money ultimately flows to Meals on Wheels. It's certainly a small fraction: Social services are capped by law at 15% of the block grants, and the most recent HUD figures show all senior services receive about $33 million.
So less than 1% of the $3 billion community development block grant program targeted for elimination goes to Meals on Wheels, and Meals on Wheels gets only a tiny percentage of its funding from that source.
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Here's the truth about Meals on Wheels in Trump's budget (Original post)
|Banshee 3 Actual||Mar 19||#1|
|Scary Red||Mar 19||#2|
Response to Troll2 (Original post)
Sun Mar 19, 2017, 08:11 AM
Banshee 3 Actual (34,165 posts)
1. LW trying to foment a revolution using lies and smears and yelling over and over lies and smears
All Because their POS nominee lost
They've tried Riots, didn't work
They've tried Assaults on individuals, didn't work
They've tried protests, didn't work
They've tried Russia connections, didn't work
Now they try a totally false claim, it isn't going to work.
LW runs from item to item in a desperate hope to bring down President Trump or inspire a revolution against him to install Ancient Meemaw in their
Wet Dream Do Over of 2017™
Truth doesnt matter to them
Facts mean nothing to them
Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #1)
Sun Mar 19, 2017, 08:59 AM
MoshMasterD (2,798 posts)
3. They are so angry, yet so afraid...
To make and accept the sacrifices they need to at least make a "credible" attempt to get the end result they want.
Response to Troll2 (Original post)
Sun Mar 19, 2017, 08:57 AM
Scary Red (6,282 posts)
2. Half truth-- of course it's part of a series of block grants, but...
MoW was specifically mentioned when the cuts were announced-- almost as if Trump and his flunkies have a particular hard-on for the program.
And, Trump couldn't figure this out, but his PR minions should have known that specifically mentioning a popular program would cause immediate blowback.
Rank amateurs at this President business.
(I left out the link just so you could complain about no link. Even if I put one in, someone would try to marginalize it, but Mulvaney's words are oln the public record, so deal with it.)
Block grants that states use to fund Meals on Wheels and other programs “are just not showing any results,” Mulvaney said. “We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. And Meals on Wheels sounds great.”
The Trump administration outlined a budget proposal Thursday that would increase military spending by $54 billion and offset the expense with cuts to a plethora of domestic programs.
The budget’s many targets included grants from federal agencies that some states use to help support Meals on Wheels programs, among other things. Mulvaney said the grants haven’t been worth the cost to the federal government, though states didn’t use the funds exclusively for home meal deliveries.
“We look at this as $140 billion spent over 40 years without the appreciable benefit to show for that type of expenditure,” Mulvaney said.
Response to Scary Red (Reply #2)
Sun Mar 19, 2017, 09:20 AM
safestuffer (1,796 posts)
You mean ignorant virtue signaling by people too stupid to actually research what they are outraged about.
Liberal outrage is hitting record inflation numbers. Lots of "blowback"...very little purchasing power.