>> Food stamps, disability payments and health care on the chopping block as President Trump, lays out his budget plan. But the blueprint getting a chilly reception from Republicans on Capitol Hill. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where a President can normally count on the support of his own party when he rolls out a new budget, but this year is anything but normal.
With the White House snarled in investigations over Russia Trump's budget, with its massive cuts, is not getting the sort of love it would need to make any kind of headway on Capitol Hill. Trump's White House hoping to save more than a trillion dollars. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, saying he's determined to balance the budget within 10 years.
Cutting off food stamp benefits for many of the able-bodied who aren't working.>> We have plenty of money in this country to take care of the people who need help. We don't have enough money to take care of people, everybody who doesn't need help.>> The Medicaid Health Program for the poor would get cut by $800 billion.
While Republicans broadly agree with the small government ideas put forth in Trump's budget, few are actually embracing his spending plan. Some like Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers calling the cuts Draconian. Others like Ohio Senator, Rob Portman, vowing to fight for favored programs and House speaker, Paul Ryan offering faint praise.
>> Clearly congress will take that budget and then work on our own budget, which is the case every single year. But at least, we now have common objectives, roll the economy, balance the budget.>> And, of course, there's the other factor at play here, the various investigations into the Trump team's ties to Russia.
Damaging details about the Russia probe continue to trickle out. Even in the best of times, Congress jealously guards its power of the purse and for a party that's already worrying about losing seats in the 2018 election, they're even less inclined this time around to go along with the president's plan.