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Trump wants to starve the beast, but GOP seeks safe space instead

Conservative Review

Yesterday, Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced the largest budget cuts to non-defense discretionary agencies since the Reagan administration. Rather than cheering this bold move — especially in light of the concern about Trump not being a fiscal conservative — establishment Republicans in Congress are grousing at this common sense budget blueprint. 

Many conservatives were concerned that given some of Trump’s past statements on spending, he’d demand a full repeal of the sequestration cuts. Those of us who had doubts on fiscal issues should breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the good work of Mick Mulvaney, Russ Vought, John Gray (former CR writer!), and the other good staff at OMB. They got the president to sign off on a budget blueprint that will increase defense spending by $54 billion but still maintain the overall level of sequestration by cutting $54 billion from nondefense discretionary spending. Thus, we can have our cake and eat it to.

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