Diane Black fights for $50 billion of real budget cuts to offset defense spending increase

June 28, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging House Budget Committee Chairwoman Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) to continue to fight for $50 billion of spending cuts to non-defense spending in the House budget that are designed to offset the $50 billion of increased defense spending:

“For the first time in a generation, the American people have a president who has submitted a budget that will simultaneously rebuild our aging military hardware including the Navy and at the same time restore fiscal sanity to non-defense spending. In his budget, the President proposed an historic $4.5 trillion of real spending cuts off the baseline over the next decade.

“Now, House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black is proposing a budget that should make President Trump smile, proposing $50 billion of spending cuts to non-defense spending to offset the $50 billion increase of defense spending. Black is fighting to keep those cuts in the budget and now she needs the support of the American people who voted for President Trump and GOP majorities in the House and Senate. Republicans cannot continue to campaign as the party of fiscal responsibility if when they have the power of the majority, they crush proposals to cut spending. We have to get the nation’s $20 trillion debt under control, and Congress’ part in that is to clamp down on spending. The House’s constitutional role is to set the stage for the nation’s spending priorities. Chairwoman Black’s budget is doing what Congress is supposed to do, which is to set priorities and make choices.

“The only amendments that should be accepted to Chairwoman Black’s budget are additional deficit-reducing cuts.”

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