Several of Trump’s GOP allies raise alarm about administration’s budget proposal
Seung Min Kim, The Washington Post
Some of President Trump’s biggest Republican allies in Congress are starting to rebel against the administration’s fallback strategy to avert a government shutdown and a potentially catastrophic debt default this fall.
At issue is a plan put forward by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney last month: fund federal government operations at current spending levels for one year, paired with a one-year increase in the debt ceiling, which limits the federal government’s borrowing capabilities.
The two administration officials proposed that option in case the White House fails to reach a broader budget and debt limit deal with top congressional officials, mainly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
But in a letter being sent to the Trump administration Wednesday, several GOP senators, including Sen. David Perdue (Ga.), who carries influence with Trump and the White House, are stressing that a spending plan using a one-year “continuing resolution,” or CR, would have a “draconian” impact on the Pentagon and are urging them away from the idea.