This is a startling story from Politico. President Trump’s top budget aide, Russ Vought, and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, are urging spending restraint in Congress. Senate Republicans are hostile to the idea.
McConnell, the Senate majority leader, was open to different ways to raise the debt ceiling and eager to avoid default. But he eventually grew tired of hearing from Vought. “Listen buddy, we’re not doing a clean debt ceiling. Get a budget caps deal,” McConnell said, according to people familiar with the conversation in April.
Perhaps the President should fight for full sequestration. That’s been the only time in recent memory we have gotten actual spending cuts on anything from Congress and not just cuts to the rate of future growth.
If President Trump wants a historic legacy that will outlast him, he should fight his own congressional Republicans and the Democrats combined on this issue. We need spending cuts in Washington.
Thankfully, the President has Mick Mulvaney and Russ Vought on his side in this fight and they are committed to reducing the size and scope of Washington. Unfortunately, they have to fight their own side.
It is sad that Republicans always talk a good game about reducing the size of government, but too few of them ever really want to. At least the President’s top advisors have long walked the walk and not just talked.