HOUSE PROPOSED BUDGET INCREASES SPENDING ON MILITARY WHILE CUTTING CIVILIAN PROGRAMS - July 19, 2017
House budget blueprint boosts military, cuts civilian programs
By Andrew Taylor, Federal Times
House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the social safety net and other domestic programs while sharply boosting military spending, a blueprint that elicited criticism from conservatives and moderates.
The GOP plan, authored by Budget Chairman Diane Black, R-Tenn., is critical to GOP hopes to deliver on one of President Donald Trump's top priorities — a Republican-only effort to overhaul the tax code. Unclear, however, is whether GOP leaders can get the budget measure through the House. Conservatives want a larger package of spending cuts to accompany this fall's tax overhaul bill while moderates are concerned cuts to programs such as food stamps could go too far.