How is President Trump supposed to improve our nation, when the very people who are supposed to help him do it are stopping POTUS instead?
Trump drafted a budget back in May that had multiple proposed cuts.
Now, House Republicans have come back with their budget plan and guess what? None of Trump’s suggestions are there.
Via Bloomberg, the GOP budget only cuts domestic spending by $5 billion. That may seem a lot but it is far from the $54 billion Trump was asking for.
So why do they think this is better?
Republican leadership believes that pulling domestic spending, and making major cuts, wouldn’t be the best strategy this year:
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month that reviewing the proposal to cut the State Department by 30 percent was “a total waste of time.”
Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, whose subcommittee funds the Education Department, told Secretary Betsy DeVos that the 14 percent cut proposed for her budget wasn’t viable either.
“This is a difficult budget request to defend,” Blunt said.
According to the Daily Wire: The Bloomberg report also notes that Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who chairs the House Budget Committee, has proposed $203 billion in cuts to programs like Medicaid and food stamps over a span of 10 years, but these minor reductions in spending seem to be too high for the more moderate House Republicans.
However, the House Republicans are proposing an iteration of Medicare reform akin to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposal to turn Medicare into a premium support model. Trump has previously made promises to leave Medicare as is.
The House of reluctant Republicans are increasing defense spending at a much higher level than the president proposed. His budget asked for a $54 billion increase, but the House asked for $72 Billion.
While the proposal to reform Medicare seems like a good start, the fact that House Republicans are only proposing $5 billion in domestic spending cuts is unacceptable. That small reduction in the rate of spending growth is a drop in the bucket when compared to the nearly $20 trillion in fiscal operating debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
Typically president’s budgets are nothing more than wish lists, but the president should be doing a better job of lobbying for his proposed cuts, especially given the financial dire straits the country is in.
Hopefully President Trump will be able to get this budget issue resolved. This is part of the reason why Americans wanted him in office, to get ride of unnecessary spending.
Call your representatives and tell them to cooperate with the President’s budget plan. Let’s help the president get this passed!