Trump’s speech to Congress to touch on tax cuts, health plan

Trump’s speech to Congress to touch on tax cuts, health plan

Published: Feb 26, 2017 4:57 p.m. ET

No cuts planned for Social Security, Medicare, White House says
Reuters President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House on Feb. 16.

By KRISTINAPETERSON

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump is expected to emphasize two of his top legislative priorities, simplifying the tax code and dismantling the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with something else.

But Trump won’t push for curbing spending on Social Security and Medicare, two federal safety-net programs that Republicans have said for years must be overhauled to reduce the budget deficit.

We are not touching those now. So don’t expect to see that as part of this budget,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Fox’s Sunday Morning Futures.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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