House Budget Committee Chair: Trump's Budget Is for a 'Declining America'

March 13, 2019

By Justin Chermol

The House Budget Committee's Democratic chairman says President Trump's $4.7 trillion "Budget for a Better America," is really a blueprint for a "declining America."

"I thought, actually, the most amusing thing about their title of a 'Better America' is they've apparently given up on 'great,' and now it's just 'better,' ー they're settling for 'better," Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told Cheddar's Megan Pratz.

Yarmuth tweeted his own nickname for the 2020 budget: "Declining America: Promises Broken. Corporations First."

The budget proposal Trump issued Monday seeks to slash funding for social programs including food stamps, subsidized student loans, and Section 8 housing vouchers, while prioritizing national defense and allocating $8.6 billion for a border wall.

Yarmuth said the budget follows a familiar GOP pattern: "It's tax cuts for the rich, then when you drive the deficit up, complain about the deficit, and then make drastic cuts in programs and expenditures and investments that help middle- and lower-income Americans."

Those cuts were defended by Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia, a Republican member on the House Budget Committee, on Tuesday.

"Just because it's a reduction in spending doesn't mean you are going to see pain, it might mean we are eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse ー changing some programs in ways that are gonna serve all Americans better," he told Pratz.

Woodall also noted that the budget promises to achieve the goal of balancing the budget within 15 years.

Yarmuth, however, said that 15-year timeline is unrealistic, noting that it depends on a projection of significant GDP growth at a rate of about 3 percent annually.

"They use optimistic growth projections and then they make these cuts that actually are never going to materialize because neither Republicans nor Democrats would ever dream of enacting those levels of spending," he said.

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