May 23, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), today released the following statement following the announcement of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 18) budget.
“After eight years of little-to-no economic growth, our government agencies are bloated, wasting taxpayer dollars to enforce duplicative, over-reaching regulations, all while our national debt has grown to almost $20 trillion. The president’s budget, which balances spending and reduces debt, takes a sharp turn away from the wasteful policies of the past administration and ensures taxpayer dollars are used wisely and on policies that will have meaningful impacts for all Americans.”
“I often say that there’s an old, worn-out document that no one reads anymore called the Constitution which assigns lawmakers in Congress to do two things, defend the country and provide for our infrastructure. The budget includes $639 billion for the Department of Defense, a significant boost that our military desperately needs as we continue to fulfill the president’s promise of rebuilding our troops. The budget also paves a path to meet the goal of one trillion dollars in infrastructure investments.”
“In his FY18 Budget, Trump, who in just his first few months has taken a strong stance against overregulation at the hands of Washington bureaucrats, generates opportunities for increased economic prosperity and job creation without the burden of red tape. Notably, the president has proposed a 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency—one of, if not the most, bloated federal agencies. This cut to EPA will right-size the agency and return the focus to protecting air, land and water instead of churning out regulations.”
“I am pleased with the president’s budget proposal and I am glad to be working in a Washington that is once again prioritizing economic success, a strong military and a government that is more accountable but less intrusive.”
Budget and Taxes