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GOP rep splits with Trump on Meals on Wheels

GOP rep splits with Trump on Meals on Wheels
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GOP Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsA Biden strategy for genuine global health security Former GOP lawmaker and Trump ally Chris Collins begins prison sentence Federal prosecutor opposes delaying prison time for former Rep. Chris Collins MORE (N.Y.) says he disagrees with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s federal budget blueprint, specifically citing its lack of funding for Meals on Wheels.

“This is the president’s budget. I’m not sure where the details came from,” Collins said Thursday on CNN’s “The Messy Truth.”

“But when we get into appropriations, Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program,” added Collins, the first congressional member to endorse Trump during the 2016 presidential race.

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"It is one I would never vote to cut even one dollar. I’m not going to try to justify it because it’s not my plan. I do disagree with that.”

Trump released his first federal budget blueprint Thursday, proposing a radical reduction of the size of government.

The outline suggests ending funding for Meals on Wheels, a program that provides meals for the elderly, poor and military veterans.

The budget’s proposed cuts include $3 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, which includes Meals on Wheels and other community and housing initiatives.

The program, which focuses on delivering food to individuals who cannot leave their homes, says it served more than 219 million meals to 2 million seniors in 2015.