While Americans who voted President Donald Trump into office appear to be happy with his proposed “America First” national budget, many Republican legislators are noting singing kumbaya, as some of the deep budget cuts within Trump’s financial plan impede on their regional interests.
Former Congressman and White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who penned the president’s plan, told the Washington Post that the initial budget was very much open to negotiations.
“Message we’re sending to the Hill is, we want more money for the things the president talked about, defense being the top one, national security. And we don’t want to add to the budget deficit. If Congress has another way to do that, we’re happy to talk to them about it.”
Democrats are up in arms over the budget, this was expected, especially after the proposed “Trumpcuts” take a “yuge” bite out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dept. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dept. Health and Human Services (HHS), and the State Department.
But why are Republicans second-guessing the cuts?
Remember, there are winners and loses in ever budget. For example, the Trump’s budget cuts to the Department of Agriculture will undoubtedly affect rural America, even hurt farmers to some extent.
Cuts to the State Department will impact the amount of foreign aid that is distributed around the world, which many will argue is good for America, as many of those taxpayer dollars indirectly fund anti-American interests.
Just look at all the money that is sent to the Hamas-influence Palestinian Authority, as well as the other Middle East Muslim nations that harbor radical Islamic terrorism.
Can someone tell us why are we sending money to these folks?
While Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) likes Trump’s budget “blueprint” as a whole, he is not all that happy about the cuts to the State Department.
In a press release issued by his senate office, Rubio details his concerns over the cuts made to the Department of State:
“However, I do not support the proposed 28 percent cut to our international affairs budget and diplomatic efforts led by the State Department. These programs are integral to our national security, and cuts at these levels undermine America’s ability to keep our citizens safe. In order to advance our national security interests, economic opportunity for our people and respect for human dignity everywhere, America’s leadership on the global stage is indispensable. I will be working to ensure Congress’ funding priorities allow America to play this role.”
Again, Rubio is not alone in expressing skepticism of Trump’s initial budget cuts.
The usual and sometimes anti-Trump Republican suspects like Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Rob Portman, are among those skeptics.
“It is clear that this budget proposed today cannot pass the Senate.”-Sen. John McCain (R)
On a positive note, Republican legislators are happy with the amount of national security and military spending (the most since President Reagan) that was carved out in the budget.
Trump’s budget winners and losers:
Winners: All Americans, US Military and Veterans
Losers: Illegal aliens, bitter government-loving Democrats, radical Islamic-supporting states, and tree-hugging environmentalists.