GOP, Dem lawmakers decry Trump's cut to Meals on Wheels

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, would see a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump's budget proposal.

The exact size of the cut is unknown, but White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says the government "can't spend money on programs just because they sound good."

Mulvaney says "Meals on Wheels sounds great," but he can't defend a plan to take the federal money and give it to the states.

Mulvaney's comments Thursday caused concern as lawmakers vowed to protect the program.

Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida said Friday he's "been a fan of Meals on Wheels forever" and even delivered food to the elderly. Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez said Trump's plan was "literally taking food away from seniors."

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The White House is defending proposed cuts to popular federal programs like Meals on Wheels amid President Donald Trump's taxpayer-funded trips to his Florida beach resort.

Spokesman Sean Spicer said that "where ever the president goes, (he) carries the apparatus of the White House."

Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, faces a sharp funding cut under Trump's budget proposal, drawing bipartisan criticism.

The exact amount of the cut is unknown, but budget director Mick Mulvaney says the government "can't spend money on programs just because they sound good."

Spicer says that there are "false narratives" being reported about the nature of budget cuts to the Meals on Wheels program.

He adds, "only in Washington" do people judge success "by how much money you throw at the problem."