OMB DIRECTOR UPSET AT LACK OF DISCRETIONARY CUTS LEFT IN BUDGET - October 24, 2017
Trump Budget Director Bemoans Fate of Proposed Spending Cuts
By Charles S. Clark, Government Executive
The Trump White House may be excited about Congress’s plans to take up tax cuts, but it is less pleased about the fate of the spending reductions it proposed in March.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that of the $54 billion in discretionary cuts the Trump team had proposed in its fiscal 2018 “skinny budget” last March, “only about $4 or $5 billion have survived so far on the Hill.” The former congressman who under President Obama was a steady deficit hawk added: “We're not going to be able to cut our way to balance. We've made a decision now within the administration that plan A or part of plan A, which was to try and cut our way to balance, just wasn't going to get very far in Washington D.C.”