Skip to comments.Senate refuses to cut a penny from $1.3 trillion budget
Posted on 06/21/2018 8:14:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Two Republicans voted with Democrats in the Senate yesterday to defeat a bill that would have cut $15 billion from the $1.3 trillion budget request passed in March.
Susan Collins and Richard Burr voted with every Democrat to deny a White House request to rescind less than one half of one percent of the budget.
"It is disappointing that the Senate chose to reject this common-sense plan,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a statement, “and the American people should be asking their representatives in Washington one simple question: If they cannot pass good-government legislation to recapture unnecessary funds, how can we ever expect them to address Washington’s staggering debt and deficit problem?”
The House approved the president’s request on June 6 along party lines, the day after Trump tweeted that clawing back the $15 billion was necessary to curb wasteful spending and get the government “back on track.”
Burr’s office told The Washington Post that the senator was disappointed with the $16 million proposed cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Collins was concerned about cutting the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by $7 billion as the White House requested.
“I thought we all campaigned on cutting wasteful spending,” Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said. “I thought our party was about lowering federal deficits by lowering federal spending. It saddens me to see people who campaigned on lower spending break their promise and vote with Democrats against President Trump.”
Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, said the rescission package was a distraction from the work the chamber is doing to pass an actual budget
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Every business, every family is making cuts.
Why is the federal guvment the only entity in the entire universe that cannot cut a dollar in spending?
Payback is going to be dispensed.
Colins needs to jump on her broom and fly away into the sunset.
A cut in federal spending is merely a redu tion in the increase. The media refuses to mention that however.
The meltdown of financial Armageddon is inevitable. And it will make the great depression look like a walk in the park. Not only is congress not willing to reduce the massive yearly deficit, they can’t even slow down the rate of increase. You can only spend a trillion dollars of imaginary money each year for so long until the whole thing comes crashing down.
It wasn’t even that much of a spending cut, it was a revocation of unspent balances from prior budgets, that could no longer be spent anyway because the budget authority on them had expired. It was a joke in terms of its fiscal impact, but even more of a joke that they couldn’t get it done.
Couldn’t even do that. A drop in the bucket, and they couldn’t do it.
Wow. And so, we hurtle headlong at 80 mph towards that cliff.
This is plunging into the abyss of silliness.
But what if Federal legislators got incentive pay for Federal budget cutting?
Hope Susan Collins and Richard Burr enjoy next election.
Susan Collins is a communist! Why the H_ll is she in the Republican party? The Republicans should kick her out! Oh I for got Ryan has no spine.
Until baseline budgeting is ashcanned, any talk of cuts is a crock.
It’s NOT a “Budget” - it is a continuing resolution to keep the government funded at the current levels PLUS an inflation increase.
We have not had a real budget passed by Congress for years. The Dems started doing continuing resolutions right after the “Porkulous” year spending fiasco. Had they passed a budget the following year, there would have been no way for them to justify another year of “Porkulous” as that would be admitting the first one failed. So instead, they passed a CR that basically made the trillion-dollar “Porkulous” bill permanent.
You would think the FIRST thing the Reps would have done when in control of both houses of Congress AND the WH would have been to pass a budget that eliminates the “Porkulous” portion of the budget, but no, they LOVE handing out taxpayer money to their friends as much as the Dems do.
Veto.. or else.
There is no reason to expect they would.
Trump signed the budget(s) because he got the spending he wanted just like the members of congress who voted for it did.
Nothing new here.
The President now needs to VETO the budget.
Shut it down if he has to.
Taxation is theft
"Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States."Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
Patriots need to support Pres. Trump in leading the states to repeal the 16th and ill-conceived 17th Amendments.
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