It is no surprise that President Trump’s latest budget proposal faces opposition from Democrats since the bulk of his cuts target Federal Aid programs like WIC and SNAP but the Republicans aren’t happy either.
According to The Hill, several GOP senators are trying to distance themselves from the latest version.
Nevada Weighs In
Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.), the most vulnerable GOP senator up for reelection in 2018, blasted Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as “anti-Nevada.”
“From slashing funding for important public lands programs to its renewed effort to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, the President’s budget request contains several anti-Nevada provisions,” he said in a statement.
Trump’s budget includes money to restart licensing to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain after Obama halted a plan to use the mountain as a permanent storage facility for nuclear and radioactive waste.
Lindsay Graham(R-SC) calls the proposal “terrible” citing cuts to the State Department’s budget and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) opposes cuts to the “Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.”
Defense Funding Is Not Enough
GOP defense hawks are also taking issue with the level of defense spending in Trump’s proposal, arguing it is inadequate to a military they believe has been hollowed by years of budget cuts.
“President Trump’s $603 billion defense budget request is inadequate to the challenges we face, illegal under current law, and part of an overall budget proposal that is dead on arrival in Congress,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a frequent critic of the president, said in a statement.
Democrats Less Specific
Via Twitter, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) described the proposal as “brainless. It is heartless. And it relies on Madoff-style accounting tricks. A budget = priorities. With #Trumpbudget, Trump’s made it even clearer what his are: special interests, not working families.”
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) May 23, 2017