Rep. Thompson on President Trump’s “America First” budget proposal (via the Centre Daily Times):
In the House, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, was measured in his response.
“The Constitution grants Congress sole power of the purse,” he said. “As with any administration, a budget request is simply an outline of the executive’s prerogatives.”
Thompson acknowledged the president’s goals but also local need.
“The president ran on a platform of reducing the size and scope of the federal government, but I don’t believe that can be done by just reducing discretionary spending,” he said. “Rather, we must provide an environment for economic growth and tackle the true drivers of the debt and deficit. As the process gets underway, I will continue to advocate for those programs that benefit our community the most, while using common sense to eliminate unnecessary spending, waste and redundancy in the federal government.”