WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday, Feb. 10, released his $4.89 trillion federal budget proposal, which included several campaign promises like a modest increase in spending for national defense including $2 billion to build a wall at the country's southern border, and cuts to government spending as well as social safety net programs.
Reviews of the president's spending plan varied Monday, with Democrats criticizing funding cuts to education, food stamps and the Environmental Protection Agency put forth in the plan. Many Republicans, meanwhile, supported much of the framework. But in the Midwest, some GOP lawmakers typically in the president's corner raised concerns about the 2021 budget proposal.
U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, in separate statements said he supported much of the budget but had qualms about what he viewed as lacking funding for intelligence-gathering resources for the military and proposed cuts to existing agricultural programs.
“I applaud the Administration for aiming to tackle the debt and deficit by addressing federal spending, but I do not support the disproportionate cuts to important agricultural programs," Cramer said in a statement. "Our producers have struggled enough with extreme weather and unfair retaliatory actions amid trade disputes. The cuts proposed today would save little but inflict severe pain in American agriculture."
Sen. John Hoeven echoed those concerns, saying the president's proposed allocations for military funding as well as agricultural programs could hurt North Dakota.
“While the budget continues efforts to rebuild our nation’s military, we don’t agree with the proposed reduction in funding for our nation’s intelligence-gathering missions," Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, said in a news release. "As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue working with my colleagues and Air Force leaders to ensure that these vital assets are properly funded."
On Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and frequent critic of Trump's said, "He wants to take away your healthcare to fund more war." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had similar critiques of the budget on Sunday.
“The budget is a statement of values and once again the President is showing just how little he values the good health, financial security and well-being of hard-working American families," Pelosi said in a statement.
The president's budget proposal is not final. Congress will take up the measure as well as its own plans before reaching a final federal spending plan for 2021.