Budget FY 2018 – America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2018

March 17, 2017

Budget FY 2018 – America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2018
See what the Chairmen and Ranking Members have to say about the President’s budget.

Chairman Frelinghuysen Statement on the President’s Budget Blueprint Washington, March 16, 2017 –

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement today on the release of the President’s budget blueprint:

“Our Committee will take a close look at the budget and supplemental requests we received today. As directed under the Constitution, Congress has the power of the purse. While the President may offer proposals, Congress must review both requests to assure the wise investment of taxpayer dollars.

“Over the next several weeks, our Committee will work quickly to complete the 2017 Appropriations bills, analyze and make decisions on supplemental funding for national and border security, and begin the task of funding the federal government for 2018.

“I’m optimistic that we can strike a balance that will enable us to fund the federal government responsibly and address emergency needs, while ensuring this legislation will clear the Congress.”

Lowey Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Request
March 16, 2017

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on President Trump’s 2018 budget request:

“The lack of detail in the President’s 2018 budget request would be embarrassing for an Administration with basic competence.  But even hiding the details cannot obscure the fact that this is just another attempt to shift more economic burdens onto the shoulders of working families, by gutting services and investments on which they rely.  If enacted into law, these cuts would have a disastrous impact on job security; health; safe, clean, and secure communities; and American leadership around the world.”

“I will closely examine the President’s request for supplemental appropriations for defense to determine whether the request would legitimately improve readiness and address areas of need.

“The $1.4 supplemental request for Homeland Security to construct a wall on the southern border is a nonstarter – it would be a multi-year, multi-billion dollar boondoggle.  This unjustified request is based on nothing more than a campaign promise.”

“Congress writes the Appropriations laws that fund the federal government, and Democratic votes will likely be needed to enact these laws, just like in the 114th Congress when Republican majorities were larger in both chambers.”

“The goal of this Administration is to help the most fortunate at the expense of working families, seniors, and other vulnerable populations.  Democrats will not help pass laws that shift economic burdens onto hardworking American families.”

 

Cochran Statement on President Trump’s FY2018 Budget Outline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today released the following statement regarding the FY2018 budget outline submitted to Congress by President Trump:

“President Trump’s budget request underscores his commitment to make the nation more secure through increased defense and homeland security funding.  I commend his focus on national security.  I look forward to receiving additional details about the request, which will help the Congress in making final funding decisions.

“The House and Senate are making progress on resolving the outstanding issues with the remaining FY2017 appropriations bills.  I encourage all Senators to work in good faith to complete our work on FY2017 appropriations before April 28.”

Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Proposal

The Trump budget shows as much foresight as TrumpCare.  Like some of the President’s tweets, the Trump budget is a hasty list of appallingly unbalanced, shortsighted, politically driven priorities.

We cannot make America “Great Again” at the expense of middle class families and the most vulnerable among us, and you do not make America “stronger” by eliminating the very programs that make our nation more secure.  The President’s proposal would abandon months of bipartisan negotiations, and break from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by redirecting even more money to the Pentagon by further slashing nondefense spending in FY 17.  This is not acceptable.

We are not a “great” nation if we abandon our shared desire to cure cancer, or bring an end to Alzheimer’s Disease, by slashing $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health.  You can’t just switch complex and promising medical research off, and then maybe on again later.  We are not a “great” nation if we eliminate heating assistance for the 6 million vulnerable households that receive LIHEAP, 21,000 of which are currently digging out from an historic snow storm in Vermont.

We are not a “strong” nation if we simply pour more money into the Pentagon and eliminate the Food for Peace Program, renege on commitments to international peacekeeping and security alliances, slash funding to respond to humanitarian crises, and cut our diplomatic presence around the world.

This proposal is divorced from reality and packed with partisan campaign promises.  No business could run in this haphazard and shortsighted way.  This is not a budget proposal but a budget by tweet, and the blueprint for the Trump Leveraged Buyout of America.
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Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Proposal
The Trump budget shows as much foresight as TrumpCare.  Like some of the President’s tweets, the Trump budget is a hasty list of appallingly unbalanced, shortsighted, politically driven priorities.
We cannot make America “Great Again” at the expense of middle class families and the most vulnerable among us, and you do not make America “stronger” by eliminating the very programs that make our nation more secure.  The President’s proposal would abandon months of bipartisan negotiations, and break from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by redirecting even more money to the Pentagon by further slashing nondefense spending in FY 17.  This is not acceptable.
We are not a “great” nation if we abandon our shared desire to cure cancer, or bring an end to Alzheimer’s Disease, by slashing $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health.  You can’t just switch complex and promising medical research off, and then maybe on again later.  We are not a “great” nation if we eliminate heating assistance for the 6 million vulnerable households that receive LIHEAP, 21,000 of which are currently digging out from an historic snow storm in Vermont.
We are not a “strong” nation if we simply pour more money into the Pentagon and eliminate the Food for Peace Program, renege on commitments to international peacekeeping and security alliances, slash funding to respond to humanitarian crises, and cut our diplomatic presence around the world.
This proposal is divorced from reality and packed with partisan campaign promises.  No business could run in this haphazard and shortsighted way.  This is not a budget proposal but a budget by tweet, and the blueprint for the Trump Leveraged Buyout of America.
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