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Jason Chaffetz: 'Something's Got to Give' on Dem Obstruction in '18

(Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures")

By    |   Sunday, 24 December 2017 02:07 PM

With budget reconciliation no longer in play in the Senate, and Democrats opposing everything President Donald Trump's administration attempts to do, former congressman Jason Chaffetz predicts a "battle royale" over the budget in the middle of January.

"President Trump I think exceeded all expectations in 2017," Chaffetz told Fox Business' "Sunday Morning Futures" hosted by Trish Regan. "He's buoyed going into 2018, but Jan. 19 mark that date, Trish, because funding the government is going to be a battle royal, and it's coming up before we know it."

After dealing with the government spending package until mid-January through a continuing resolution, Chaffetz pointed to the administration's inability to get Democrats on board with anything and now, after a year of projected increases in spending and a dearth of cuts, President Trump might have an issue with getting deficit-hawk conservatives on board for things like a potential $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

"Well, if there's one thing that Democrats do, it's spend money, so I don't think it will be trouble getting Democrats on board," Chaffetz said of infrastructure. "I think the real worry is actually going to be the conservatives in the House and the Senate . . . something's got to give, because if you're going to spend hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure, where are you going to get that money?

"The House and the Senate passed a $47 trillion 10-year budget, but there wasn't any cuts to spending, so conservatives actually will be on the hot seat probably more than the Democrats."

Republicans were able to pass a partisan corporate tax cut package under the ideology growth will create more government revenue, but more proposed spending by the Trump administration will need to be funded somehow, Chaffetz said.

"I think it's the one story coming it of 2017 that really was a mystery to me: I couldn't believe that Republicans sort of gave up the mantle of fiscal discipline," he added. "I don't think you have to justify allowing the American people to keep their own money in their own wallets, but if you don't cut spending, then you're still going to rack up amazing deficits, and I don't see how you get from here to there."

Making matters tougher on the administration, according to Chaffetz, is the need to get 60 votes in the Senate with a mere 51-49 GOP edge, now that budget reconciliation used to pass tax reforms at a simple majority has gone away for 2018.

"It's going to be really difficult for the Democrats," he said. "At this point they've been pretty much a stiff arm and a blockade, saying they're no on anything that Donald Trump suggests. I mean Democrats used to support the idea that they were going to reduce the corporate income tax, but then suddenly because now it's Donald Trump, they were opposed to it.

"So, I think infrastructure is good common ground. Republicans haven't been bashful in spending money; Democrats like to spend money. The question is where are you going to get all of that money."

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With budget reconciliation no longer in play in the Senate, and Democrats opposing everything President Donald Trump's administration attempts to do, former congressman Jason Chaffetz predicts a "battle royale" over the budget in the middle of January."President Trump I...
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