(NationalSentinel) Budget: President Donald J. Trump could become one of the greatest presidents ever, but he’ll need some help from his own party.
Trump submitted his first budget this week and already he’s getting pushback…from Republicans who have told us for decades they are the party of smaller, cheaper government. What gives?
Kentucky Republican congressman Hal Rogers, who has spent more than three decades on the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as the chairman, rejected President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as Congress begins consideration of the president’s rearrangement of priorities.
“While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Rogers, one of the so-called “cardinals,” the nickname for the lawmakers controlling how federal money is spent.
Rogers said he was concerned about cuts to programs in Kentucky.
“In particular, the Appalachian Regional Commission has a long-standing history of bipartisan support in Congress because of its proven ability to help reduce poverty rates and extend basic necessities to communities across the Appalachian region,” he said. “Today, nearly everyone in the region has access to clean water and sewer, the workforce is diversifying, educational opportunities are improving, and rural technology is finally advancing to 21st Century standards.
“We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse. As the full budget picture emerges in the coming weeks, I am optimistic that we can work with the Administration to responsibly fund the federal government, including those agencies which serve as vital economic lifelines in rural parts of the country that are still working to overcome substantial challenges.
“At first blush, I am pleased that the administration is working to restore the strength of our nation’s armed forces to make sure that our men and women in uniform have the equipment that they need to defend our country and our interests around the world,” said Conaway, a Texas Republican who also sits on both the Intelligence and Armed Services Committee.
“On the USDA budget, I am concerned that the cuts, while relatively small in the context of the total federal budget, could hamper some vital work of the department,” he said.
Another Republican taking on the president’s budget cuts is Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
“The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to Ohio, and The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy,” Portman said.
“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a critical tool in our efforts to help protect and restore Lake Erie, and when the Obama administration proposed cuts to the program, I helped lead the effort to restore full funding,” he said. “I have long championed this program, and I’m committed to continuing to do everything I can to protect and preserve Lake Erie, including preserving this critical program and its funding.”
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This is unbelievable. What’s really out-of-the-park outrageous is that Henry suddenly remembered that the House has the power of the purse – something he and most other Republicans conveniently forgot during the Obama years, when they were helping the former president tack on $10 trillion to the national debt.
Trump promised skinny budgets; Trump delivered a skinny budget, and even though it still spends trillions of dollars, that’s apparently not enough for the new party of big government, the Republican Party.
Too many Republicans remain hopelessly tone deaf to the mandates voters sent them to D.C. to enact. They should be repealed and replaced at the next election with Republicans of the small-government conservative kind we were promised last November.