The president’s budget proposal on Friday, which includes $100 billion in Medicaid cuts, a $1 trillion increase in military spending and other items, has already sparked a backlash.
The cuts are the latest to come out of a Trump administration that’s already struggling to fill a budget deficit and that has a new budget battle ahead.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he can afford to pay for the cuts and, after the inauguration, promised to keep a lid on healthcare costs.
But some Republicans in Congress are now calling for Trump to pull out of the agreement to stabilize the health care system.
In the Senate, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the budget could hurt the GOP’s chances in the 2018 midterms, while Sen. Rob Portman (R–Ohio) said Trump should not be expected to keep his promises to pay his “fair share” to the government.
The cuts are in addition to $7.7 trillion in cuts proposed by the Congressional Budget Office.
The budget also contains a $7 billion increase in the military budget, with $3 billion in cuts.
“This budget is a budget to the detriment of the American people and their healthcare system,” Hatch said in a statement.
“The Trump administration’s proposed budget is not in the best interests of the United States.
The American people deserve to have a real debate about their healthcare costs, not a budget that would not only be a big tax increase, but also would cost the nation millions of jobs.”
Hatch said that if the president keeps his promise to pay the cost of healthcare, he could negotiate an agreement with Democrats to avoid the budget deficit, which could then be passed by Congress.
House Republicans are currently working on their own budget that they plan to unveil on Wednesday, which they plan also to cut.
A spokesman for the Republican National Committee, which is also negotiating the budget, said the party is not supporting any cuts.
The spokesman added that Trump has repeatedly made it clear that he wants to negotiate with Democrats and that he is willing to negotiate a plan that provides “an affordable, sustainable, and responsible plan to stabilize our healthcare system.”
“The president is not a politician, but he understands that it is the job of Congress to provide us with the tools to achieve the same goals as the president,” spokesman Ryan Williams said.
Democrats in the House and Senate are also working to pass their own plan to repeal the ACA and replace it with a system that would expand Medicaid to millions more people.