Make America Secure
Real immigration reform cannot be achieved without a secure border. I am proud that this week, House Republicans stood with President Trump and the American people by voting to fund construction of a physical wall along the lower border of the United States. We’re a compassionate nation, but we also have a responsibility to protect our national security and passing this defense spending package fulfills our duty to do so.
Not only does the Make America Secure Act fund the wall, it boosts funding for the Department of Defense, provides our troops with the largest pay raise in eight years and ensures that our men and women in uniform have the resources needed to protect our deeply held values abroad. Importantly, this bill also continues the ban on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil.
Under President Obama’s watch, reckless proposals to cut military spending jeopardized our national security and put the American people at risk. We will continue to rebuild our forces and ensure our troops have the training and equipment needed to maintain our military superiority. By passing this package, the House has met our Constitutional duty to “provide for the common defense.” Now it’s the Senate’s turn.
What They’re Saying: Budget Blueprint
Americans for Limited Government:
Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has released a budget plan for FY 2018 that details major cuts to so-called mandatory spending, presents the tax plan President Donald Trump has boasted about, and reins in government waste. Finally, Republicans in Congress have the opportunity to show the American people comprehensive change is afoot, now they must simply act on it.
The Heritage Foundation:
This budget would make much-needed reforms to Medicare and makes the program financially sustainable and preserves it for future retirees.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
The House Budget Committee passed its long awaited budget resolution Wednesday one that has more teeth than usual. Most notably, the budget unlocks the reconciliation process allowing the fast-tracking of both tax reform and deficit reduction with only 50 votes in the Senate.
The proposal calls for $621 billion in defense spending in fiscal 2018, including money for President Donald Trump’s signature border wall.
Americans for Tax Reform:
The House budget is the vehicle for lawmakers to pass generational pro-growth tax reform. Congress should move forward to pass tax reform based on the principles outlined by President Trump. The House budget also lays out an aggressive plan to eliminate spending, rein in the deficit, and reduce taxes now and in the long-term.
[The House Republican budget] would overhaul the tax code, partially repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, and save $203 billion from entitlement programs such as food stamps over the next ten years.
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