Mr. President, Congress won't cut spending – so it's up to you

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

US Capitol White House money backgroundReducing the size and scope of the federal government – that's what a new paper aims to help President Donald Trump do in his 2021 budget.

"The president's budget has done a pretty good job so far," thinks The Heritage Foundation's Justin Bogie, co-author of Policies to Strengthen the President's FY 2021 Budget. "The first budget that he put out would have balanced in ten years, the last two would not have – but they still significantly cut the size and scope of the federal government."

The policies from The Heritage Foundation coincide with a report from the Congressional Budget Office saying the country finished the year at $984 billion in deficit.

Bogie

"We're going to be over $1 trillion next year and really for the foreseeable future," says Bogie. "So, the point of our paper is really just to keep the president motivated to cut spending, to keep this an important issue, because really the president is going to have to lead on this as Congress hasn't shown a lot of willingness to cut spending lately."

The recommended policies from The Heritage Foundation include:

  • Eliminating the USDA's Rural Business Cooperative Service
  • Combining military exchanges and commissaries and reducing subsidies
  • Auctioning off the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • End funding for the United Nations Development Program
  • Stop paying federal employees who work on the clock for outside organizations

Heritage explains its reasoning in the details section of the paper.

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