Sen. Brown: Trump budget hurts SSI programs

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) Ohio's Democratic Senator is at odds with President Donald Trump over the president's proposed federal budget, released earlier this week.

Sen. Sherrod Brown says the budget has what he calls a "mean spiritedness" to it that hurts the middle class.

Of particular concern to Brown is the spending plan for
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability insurance benefits.

"People pay in all their lives to Social Security and Medicare, and they should get what they pay for and get that assistance," Sen. Brown said Thursday. "It's what people have earned, and for this president to try to take it away and pay for his tax cuts for his billionaire friends is just immoral."

President Trump said while campaigning in 2016-and repeated just recently-he "would not touch" Social Security and Medicare in his federal budget proposal, which is not expected to be passed by Congress in its current form.

It proposes cutting $4.4 trillion in spending during the next ten years.