GOP Congress credibility on the line over 2017 spending bill, wall

Will Republican leaders fund Obama’s priorities or Trump’s?

March 29, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to include the supplemental spending bill to build the southern border wall in the FY 2017 continuing resolution due April 28:

“If the House and Senate leaders have already finalized the FY 2017 continuing resolution without including the White House-proposed supplemental as reports suggest, it will be extraordinarily disappointing if national priorities like building the southern border wall and rollbacks of Obama’s bloated budget are not included. When appropriators reveal their spending priorities for the second half of 2017, they will not have the threat of an Obama veto to explain away any aspect of the budget. Failure to fund for example the wall out of concern that it might offend Senate Democrats would be a slap in the face to voters who elected President Trump and gave Republicans majorities in both houses of Congress.

“Failure to include these priorities may back the new president into the uncomfortable position of having to veto GOP spending bills because they did not advance the administration’s agenda. If we continue on the same glide path as before on spending, we will be funding Obama’s priorities, not Trump’s. They need to include the supplemental. Build the wall.”

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