Lawmakers debate President Trump’s budget proposal

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The White House is defending its 2020 budget proposals before Congress.

The budget, released on Monday, calls for sharp cuts to domestic programs and major increases in defense spending.

House Democrats grilled President Trump’s Acting Budget Director over plans to cut spending on domestic programs while spending more on defense and border security.

“No agency can spend well, when they don’t live in a resource constrained world,” said Acting Budget Director Russ Vought.

Texas Democrat Congressman Lloyd Doggett says the White House is also sending mixed messages, claiming it wants to improve infrastructure but refusing to spend the money.

“I don’t see how cutting the transportation budget by 20 percent is going to get people out of the gridlock we have all over the country today,” said Congressman Doggett.

Congressional Democrats have come out united against the budget.

Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer is encouraging voters who depend on entitlement programs, like Medicare to speak out.

“This budget says ‘promises kept’. Balderdash.  Balderdash when it comes to social security, Medicare, and Medicaid,” said Senator Schumer.

Congressional Republicans are embracing the president’s plan.

“Our nation is nearing a fiscal crisis, I would argue we’re already in one,” said Republican Congressman Steve Womack.

“Republicans agree we need to remain focused on important goals, like rebuilding our military,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Congress has until the end of September to pass a funding bill for next year.

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