Budget Blueprint for 2018:
• provides for one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the debt;
• significantly increases the budget for immigration enforcement at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security;
• includes additional resources for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, immigration judges, expanded detention capacity, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Border Patrol;
• increases funding to address violent crime and reduce opioid abuse; and
• puts America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here at home.
Mitt Romney said during his 2012 presidential campaign that the test of a program’s value was whether it was “so critical that it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it.”
White House budget Director Mike Mulvaney said Thursday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends”, “The president finally got to the point where he said, ‘Do I really want to make the coal miner in West Virginia, or the auto worker in Ohio, or the single mom in Detroit to pay for the National Endowment of the Arts or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting?’ And the answer is no.”
Radio show host Glenn Beck, a longtime Trump critic, on proposed budget cuts: “I am so pro-Trump right now.” We shouldn’t be using public monies to pay for shows like “Sesame Street” which “makes more money than any other show.” Or NPR, which “is the No. 1 podcast. They’re No. 1 in many, many cities on radio [and] their television shows are now being sold all around the world.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the budget was a shift in the right direction after eight years of Democratic blueprints from the White House.
Sen. John McCain said the “budget proposed today cannot pass the Senate” because the increase in defense does not go far enough.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York signaled that Democrats would fight the proposal tooth-and-nail.