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Conservatives Balk at Trump’s Big-Spending Budget Proposal

If the president hopes to pass some version of his 2019 budget, he’ll need to win over the right wing of his party. That could be easier said than done.

By NTK Staff | 02.13.2018 @11:30am
Conservatives Balk at Trump’s Big-Spending Budget Proposal

The White House released its 2019 budget proposal Monday, and not all Republicans are on board.

The Associated Press reports some fiscal conservatives are calling President Trump’s budget “dangerous,” “immoral,” and “a betrayal.”

What’s causing such a strong reaction? This description from the New York Times explains:

The White House budget request would add $984 billion to the federal deficit next year, despite proposed cuts to programs like Medicare and food stamps and despite leaner budgets across federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Trump’s budget statement calls deficits the harbingers of a “desolate” future, but the White House plan would add $7 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.

Republicans have typically been the party of fiscal restraint, which is why Trump’s budget is raising alarm among fiscal hawks. To that end, the American Conservative Union, Americans for Prosperity, and the Club for Growth – all right-leaning groups – have spoken out against this budget’s ballooning of the deficit.

This budget is “of the swamp, by the swamp and for the swamp,” said David McIntosh of the Club for Growth.

Still, presidential budgets are usually taken with a grain of salt. While they often lay out the administration’s priorities, Congress is the government body that determines budgets. It will be up to Republicans on Capitol Hill to decide if they want to go along with Trump’s big-spending ways.

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