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Capitol Hill Republicans not on board with Trump budget

By Kelsey Snell and Karoun Demirjian
March 16, 2017

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Some of President Trumpís best friends in Congress sharply criticized his first budget Thursday, with defense hawks saying the proposed hike in Pentagon spending wasnít big enough, while rural conservatives and others attacked plans to cut a wide range of federal agencies and programs. The bad mood among Republican critics was tempered by a consensus that the presidentís budget wasnít going very far on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers reminded everybody that they ultimately control the nationís purse strings. ďWhile we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the presidentís skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,Ē Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement. ďWe will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse. Weíve not had our chance yet.Ē he added in an interview.

Rogers was one of several GOP lawmakers to dismiss Trumpís budget as a pie-in-the sky wish list with little hope of surviving negotiations in Congress. Most Republicans gave passing support to Trumpís general goal of increasing defense spending while reducing costs elsewhere in the budget. But none of the Republicans interviewed would embrace the specific White House blueprint. ďIíve never seen a presidentís budget proposal not revised substantially,Ē said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). ďAs a member of the Budget Committee, Iíll carefully scrutinize and assess priorities as the president has with his proposal.Ē The upcoming budget clash between Congress and the president has emerged as another obstacle in Trumpís young presidency. Just this week, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a sweeping freeze of Trumpís latest travel order. The House GOP plan to revise the Affordable Care Act is embattled, as is Trumpís push to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. His tax reform and infrastructure plans have yet to get off the ground. As he passes the halfway mark of his first 100 days, Trump is under increasing pressure to show that he can make good on his ambitious promises.

The Congressional GOP is beginning to recognize that Trump is leading them to electoral disasters in 2018 and 2020.
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When Candidate Trump said he was "going to drain the swamp, in Washington DC," he did not exempt Republicans or any of their pet projects.

Bringing the bacon home from Washington is how representatives and Senators get re-elected. Massive Fat Cow Federal programs are notoriously fraught with fraud. That party is over.

Many of the programs and agencies being cut are duplications, especially of existing state programs. I say, let the states keep the money in the first place and spend it on local issues decided by the local populations. We need to de-centralize our government's authority and power.

Money is the source of power and this is how you do it.

That's how Federalism is supposed to work.
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