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Sen. McCain: Trump Budget 'Dead on Arrival'

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 May 2017 03:45 PM

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed President Donald Trump’s budget proposal Tuesday as "dead on arrival," The Hill reported.

"President Trump's $603 billion defense budget request is inadequate to the challenges we face, illegal under current law, and part of an overall budget proposal that is dead on arrival in Congress," the former presidential candidate said in a statement.

The budget "fails to provide the necessary resources to restore military readiness, rebuild military capacity, and renew our military advantage with investments in modern capabilities," according to McCain.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, used the same phrase in regards to the federal budget Monday, telling reporters "almost every budget I know of is basically dead on arrival, including President Obama's," according to The Hill.

The Senate majority whip added Trump's budget "may find a similar fate, but obviously it's an expression of his priorities, which is important in terms of the conversation between the branches."

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., avoided outright criticism when asked at a press conference Tuesday, but offered his support for Trump's overall objective.

"Clearly Congress will take that budget and work on our own budget, which is the case every single year. But at least we now have common objectives — grow the economy, balance the budget. So, now we are on common ground, and we will have a great debate on the details of how to achieve that," he said, according to NBC News.

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