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GOP Senators Rip Apart Trump’s ‘Terrible’ Budget, Saying It’s ‘Dead On Arrival’

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GOP Senators Rip Apart Trump’s ‘Terrible’ Budget, Saying It’s ‘Dead On Arrival’

A growing number of Republican senators are distancing themselves from President Trump’s annual budget proposal.

Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.), the most vulnerable GOP senator up for reelection in 2018, blasted Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as “anti-Nevada.”

“From slashing funding for important public lands programs to its renewed effort to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, the President’s budget request contains several anti-Nevada provisions,” he said in a statement.




Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Bloomberg that Trump’s proposal is “terrible,” pointing to deep cuts to the State Department. As outlined in March, the proposal would cut the department and other nondefense agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency by roughly a third.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said he also continues “to oppose this budget’s proposed elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.”

Overall, Trump’s proposal would cut $1.5 trillion in nondefense spending and $1.4 trillion for Medicaid over the course of a decade, while adding nearly half a trillion dollars to defense spending.

Noting the Obama-era votes, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters on Monday evening that presidents’ budgets are frequently “dead on arrival” in Congress.

“President Trump’s $603 billion defense budget request is inadequate to the challenges we face, illegal under current law, and part of an overall budget proposal that is dead on arrival in Congress,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a frequent critic of the president, said in a statement.




Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the House Armed Services Committee chairman, said at a Brookings event on Monday that Trump’s defense proposal was “basically the Obama approach with a bit more but not much.”

Democrats took a different approach in expressing their dismay with Trump’s budget proposal:

“This is where the #TrumpBudget belongs,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wrote on Twitter, attaching a photo of the disposed budget plan.

“#TrumpBudget is brainless. It is heartless. And it relies on Madoff-style accounting tricks,” he tweeted.

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