By Bill O’Neil
We’re hearing very different takes from Texas Republicans and Democrats in Congress on President Donald Trump’s now unveiled budget proposal.
“I think it’s worth pointing out several aspects of the President’s budget that are encouraging and a welcome change from the previous Administration” said Senator John Cornyn.
“For one, it balances in ten years” the Senate’s Number Two Republican said, adding “What a welcome relief from a White House budget anchored around overspending and growing the size of government, which we’ve seen for the last eight years.”
Cornyn is also pleased to see increases in spending on the military.
“It is simply irresponsible for us to allow our men and women in the military to operate on slashed budgets and outdated equipment. They can’t even train and be ready for the next fight” the Senator said.
There is much less enthusiasm however for the spending plan coming from the other side of the aisle.
“This is a budget that has big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor” Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar said.
“The President has proposed a bizarre, ideological budget. His reckless cuts would cut thriving, successful programs to pay for tax cuts for millionaires–instead of the small businesses that really need them” Cuellar added.
Much of the Congressman’s frustration centers around proposed cuts to the Food Stamp program.
“Of the areas with the greatest percentage of residents on Food Stamps, 7 out of 10 voted for President Trump, hoping he would help them achieve a better life” Cuellar said.