The Trump administration is working on putting together a plan for the 2020 budget that will force Democrats to accept some much needed spending cuts, something that will no doubt spurn the left on to much blubbering outrage as it’s unveiled.
Acting Office and Management Budget Director Russ Vought wrote in a Monday morning op-ed that the Trump administration’s forthcoming budget will adhere to existing spending caps already put into place by Congress. In order to continue making investments in defense spending, The White House will tap into Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds, which are special war funds not subject to spending caps.
The White House’s plan may rankle some conservatives, particularly given that Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Vought have been vocally against such funding tactics. Mulvaney went so far as to introduce legislation which would significantly hinder the executive branch’s ability to spend such funds in the manner currently proposed by the White House.
A senior administration official rebutted to The Daily Caller that “any time you’re in a CAPs increase conversation, the way the Hill reads that is that we’re going to increase defense and non-defense dollar for dollar,” adding that “this sets up a dynamic where they actually have to pass a bill to override sequestration, so that’s why we’re going this route.”take our poll - story continues below
“Congress has proven that is unserious about getting spending under control. In the past, Democrats and Republicans agreed to increase spending today while paying for it tomorrow,” Winfree told the Caller. “The White House generally sees this as unacceptable and they’re trying something different. And they’re right. The status quo is unacceptable.”
The budget will significantly target government spending across the board with Vought noting in his op-ed that “the president’s 2020 budget will meet the target of a five percent reduction to non-defense discretionary spending, by means of one of the largest spending reductions in history.”
Top Democratic Reps. John Yarmuth of Kentucky and Adam Smith of Washington were quick to respond to the White House plan, saying, “If true, this is nothing more than a blatant attempt to make a mockery of the federal budget process, obscure the true cost of military operations, and severely shortchange other investments vital to our national and economic security.”
The Trump administration is seeking to decouple spending caps from raising the debt ceiling, making them two totally separate issues.
The deadline for raising the debt limit — and increasing the risk we could default on our $22 trillion national debt — is fast approaching, so something needs to be done soon to prevent that from happening and causing serious economic strife on the good people of our country.
When it comes to the art of the deal, we couldn’t ask for a better leader in the White House than the guy we have in there right now. With all of his negotiation experience, plus the great people he has surrounded himself with, it should be no problem to pull this plan off.
Source: Daily Caller