The White House is defending its 2020 budget proposals before Congress.
The budget, released on Monday, calls for sharp cuts to domestic programs and major increases in defense spending.
House Democrats grilled President Trump’s acting budget director over plans to cut spending on domestic programs, while spending more on defense and border security.
“Unfortunately, when you look at the budget the Trump administration has produced, it is not responsible or even usable.”
Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth says proposed cuts to education, health care and welfare programs would be devastating to millions.
The White House calls the cuts necessary to reign in what it calls out of control spending.
“No agency can spend well, when they don’t live in a resource constrained world.”
Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett says the White House is also sending mixed messages, claiming it wants to improve infrastructure but refusing to spend the money.
“I don’t see how cutting the transportation budget by 20 percent, is going to get people out of the gridlock we have all over the country today.”
Congressional Democrats have come out united against the budget.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is encouraging voters who depend on entitlement programs like Medicare, to speak out.
“This budget says, ‘promises kept’. Balderdash. Balderdash when it comes to social security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
For their part, Congressional Republicans are embracing the president’s plan.
“Our nation is nearing a fiscal crisis, I would argue we’re already in one.”
“Republicans agree we need to remain focused on important goals, like rebuilding our military.”
Congress has until the end of September to pass a funding bill for next year.
(This story was originally published on March 12, 2019)