Trump set to scale back spending cut plan to $11B

- Mei 03, 2018

The White House will formally ask Congress on Monday to slash $11 billion from old spending accounts, according to two Republican aides on Capitol Hill familiar with the plan.

That would mean the Trump administration would again downsize ambitions for a presidential rescissions package. Some in the administration were initially eyeing a package of cuts up to $60 billion. A top appropriator later said that figure had shrunk to $25 billion.

The proposal expected to land on Capitol Hill on Monday will not target funds from the recently passed $1.3 trillion spending bill, the individuals familiar with the plan said. It will instead focus on years-old spending that has been approved but hasn’t yet been spent.

This is likely the first round of rescissions, with more to come later this year.

The presidential rescissions process — which hasn’t been used since 2000 — has been heralded by Trump’s belt-tightening budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, as a way to get spending cuts around the Senate filibuster.


Mulvaney, who has put together the spending cuts plan, has said he’s hoping for a vote on the House floor before July. The package is unlikely to pass muster in the Senate, however, even if it doesn’t require 60 votes like all other spending packages.

After the White House submits its proposal, Congress has 45 days to consider the request before it expires. During that time, the funding is automatically frozen and agencies cannot spend it.


 

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