President Donald Trump’s budget proposal was not well received by many Congressional Republicans, even the ones who normally support him. The budget, which was released yesterday, makes major cuts to domestic agencies, adds funding to defense, and ignores the entitlements that make up the bulk of the US federal spending.
The Republican criticism is coming from both moderate and conservative Republicans who are sometimes on opposite sides of the same issues on spending.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry of Texas said that military spending was too low: “It is clear to virtually everyone that we have cut our military too much and that it has suffered enormous damage. In fact, the more we investigate, the deeper the damage we find. Unfortunately, the Administration’s budget request is not enough to repair that damage and to rebuild the military as the President has discussed.”
But Senator Lindsey Graham disagreed. “These increases in defense come at the expense of national security, soft power, and other priorities.”
“The diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important and you get results a lot cheaper frequently than you do on the defense side. So speaking for myself, I’m not in favor of reducing the (foreign aid) account to that extent,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Senator Marco Rubio was also concerned by the lack of spending on
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