President’s budget cuts irrelevant without filibuster changes

Feb. 12, 2018, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the President’s budget:

“A year ago, Americans for Limited Government effusively praised President Donald Trump’s proposed budget creating $4.5 trillion of substantive cuts in programs and creating a sober pathway to a balanced budget over the coming decade.

“However, the funding bill that was just passed by Congress and signed by the President makes the 2019 budget proposal interesting but not relevant. Specifically, the decision to increase spending by $143 billion for 2018, and $153 billion for 2019, makes the President’s newly released budget not worth the paper it’s printed because the obvious willingness to obscenely raise spending revealed in the latest government shutdown deal makes it clear that there is no political will to cut the budget in ways necessary to make the President’s spending cuts ever come to fruition.

“The only we will ever get control over the out of control spending is if we get rid of the Senate filibuster on appropriations bills and continuing resolutions. Absent that reform, the Democrat minority will always control America’s spending even when Republicans are in the majority.”

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