Mick Mulvaney, the White House Office of Management and Budget Director, attempted to defend Trump’s cuts to Meals and Wheels and after-school nutrition programs stating, “We have no proof that’s helping.”
The Trump Budget blueprint states “The federal government has spent over $150 billion on this block grant since its inception in 1974, but the program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.”
Mulvaney described the cuts to Meals on Wheels to the press as necessary considering the nation’s debt.
Via Daily Kos
We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore. $20 trillion in debt. We’re going to spend money, we’re going to spend a lot of money but we’re not going to spend it on programs that show they deliver the promises we made to people.
Mulvaney defended his statement saying the “compassionate” thing to do for taxpayers is to “go to them and say, look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore. Single mom of two in Detroit, give us your money. We’re not going to do that anymore unless they can guarantee that money will be used in a proper function.” He concluded that “is about as compassionate as you can get.”
When asked about cuts to after-school nutrition programs he offered this justification,
“They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no evidence they’re helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what — when we took your money from you to say, we’re going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that’s helping.”
Watch his exchange below.