Skip to comments.2% Budget Cut Rejected [semi-satire]
Posted on 11/05/2019 9:18:45 AM PST by John Semmens
Given the federal government's accumulated $23 trillion national debt and current year projected deficit of nearly a trillion dollars, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an appropriations amendment that would cut 2% from next year's planned federal spending in the departments of commerce, science, justice, transportation, housing, urban development, agriculture; and interior. The Senate rejected this proposal by a 67-24 margin.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, urged a vote against Paul's measure, saying that "taking a meat ax to the federal budget is contrary to what the American voters want. Every dollar requested by each of these federal agencies is vitally needed to ensure the smooth flow of money to our chosen recipients. Sen. Paul's contention that this money would be better spent by the individual taxpayers who earned it is an unproven assertion."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued that "the 'fat' in these agencies' budgets is the payoff demanded by the Democrats for their votes to adequately fund our military. The risk of under-funded defense is a greater threat than the waste that will result from over-funding our bloated bureaucracies. I ask that all Republicans vote against Sen. Paul's amendment."
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It’s time to “layoff” the federal govt. The rest of us have to live with what we get, even when it’s nothing.
When Rand Paul includes a 2% cut in Senate funding then I’ll believe he’s serious.
Two percent = meat ax? Seriously?
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