House Appropriations Committee Vice Ranking Member Derek Kilmer
If no action is taken, Congress will face irresponsible and arbitrary austerity-level caps that threaten our country’s economy, security, and standing as a global leader.
The members also called for Congress to continue the tradition of parity—equal amounts of spending increases for defense and non-defense programs—that previous bipartisan agreements on the spending caps have implemented.
In contrast, President Trump’s budget blueprint increased defense spending levels at the expense of non-defense investments, a short-sighted and cold-hearted proposal that guts services and programs vital to American families. This is our overview of the budget – Trump’s Budget More “Robin Hood in Reverse” With Gimmicks.
“The current 2018 spending caps are far too low and would leave our country unable to make investments critical to our families, our economy, and our security,” said Yarmuth. “Unfortunately, President Trump’s budget blueprint takes us in the wrong direction, cutting even more funding for programs that support health research, environmental protection, housing programs, diplomacy initiatives, and much more. Members of Congress of both parties have the responsibility – and the opportunity — to invest in both non-defense and defense spending, boost economic development, and guarantee that every American family has the chance to build a better future. We’ve raised the caps in a bipartisan manner before, and we must do so again.”
“A failure to raise existing spending caps on defense and non-defense – combined with our late start and an erratic President who seems to want a government shutdown – would set this year’s Appropriations process up for failure,” said Lowey. “We need a budget framework that makes it possible for Congress to pass responsible spending bills, and fulfill our responsibilities at home and abroad. Democrats will again work in good faith in this critical process, but we will not help pass spending bills that jeopardize investments in hardworking American families.”
“I was proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues and NDD United this morning to call for robust investment in our domestic priorities,” said Hoyer. “On Tuesday, the President is expected to unveil a budget that busts through spending caps for defense while slashing domestic investment, which are also critical to our defense. We can’t have a secure nation if our citizens aren’t educated, aren’t healthy, and don’t have access to opportunities. Democrats will continue to demand parity between defense and non-defense spending, and I urge my Republican colleagues to reject the Trump budget and work with us to raise the caps.”
“Folks we represent want Congress to help get this economy cooking and make our communities safer and more prosperous,” said Kilmer. “But President Trump’s budget proposal hurts cops on the beat, families in rural communities that want clean water flowing to their homes, and businesses that need to get their products to market on workable roads. The American people deserve better.”
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