South Carolina Senator Says Trump Budget ‘DOA’
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said President Trumps proposed budget is set to hit a brick wall in Congress. Graham called it “dead on arrival.” One of the major problems is that Republican lawmakers say the proposed cuts to foreign aid are out of the question. Graham said, “It’s dead on arrival – it’s not going to happen. It would be a disaster.”
Budget Sets Off Alarm Bells for Democrats
Trump’s budget is basically a blueprint to help guide Congress to meet administration priorities. The budget includes an increase of $54 billion for military spending. In order to cover this increased expense the budget proposes slashing about $50 billion at the State Department as well as the entire budget for the U.S. Agency for International Development – a program which administers civilian foreign aid programs. The deep cuts to the diplomatic budget sets off alarms to Democrats who often object to reducing funding for domestic programs.
Resistance from Graham, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FLA could prevent Trump from getting Congress to agree on his budget priorities. Rubio tweeted, “Foreign Aid is not charity. We must make sure it is well spent, but is less than 1% of budget & critical to our national security.”
McConnell told reporters, “The diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important. i”m not in favor of cutting what we call the 150 account by that amount.”