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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Mulvaney clarifies: No cuts to Meals on Wheels

[Originally published on May 24, 2017]

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney clarified Wednesday that the Trump administration isn't looking to cut the "Meals on Wheels" program, two months after stoking controversy over the possibility that seniors might lose their home-delivered meals.

"Let's talk about Meals on Wheels, because we don't reduce it," Mulvaney said Wednesday at a House hearing on the president's newly released budget.

In March, Mulvaney helped create the impression that the administration was looking to shrink funding for Meals on Wheels. Then, a reporter mistakenly suggested that the program would be cut as part of the administration's reductions to Community Development Block Grants, and Mulvaney responded that the grants don't work.

Mulvaney's comments resulted in extensive media coverage of the possibility that home-bound seniors might lose their meals. On Wednesday, however, Mulvaney noted Meals on Wheels actually gets most of its funding through a separate Department of Health and Human Services program that is not targeted for cuts.

"There's no reduction in that program," he said..

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2 comments:

Thornton Crowe said...

You can publish this 1,000 Times and Loony Liberals will still claim there's cuts being made to all the give-me programs to scare the masses in a verbal extortion trick! Ack! Ack!

Anonymous said...

Yes, they will 7:34 !
So glad this was put on and hopefully
word will spread to the Seniors that
is Will not be cut.
A lady who delivers them told me that
for some, the delivers are the only
people these Seniors see in a weeks time.
That is just pathetic.