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Report: White House Eyeing $60B in Cuts From Spending Bill

Report: White House Eyeing $60B in Cuts From Spending Bill
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By    |   Friday, 13 April 2018 07:41 AM

Despite warnings from congressional lawmakers, the White House is pushing ahead with plans to slash as much as $60 billion from the spending bill Congress passed in late March, Politico is reporting.

The website attributed its information to eight current and former administration officials and Republicans close to the White House.

According to Politico, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is developing the rollback proposal. One administration official expects it to be released around May 1.

"The president is frustrated with omnibus, said Paul Winfree, who served as director of budget policy and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council until he resigned in December.

"I also know that his base is frustrated with the omnibus. The main question is: How big will they go?"

Politico noted the administration could end up proposing the $1.3 trillion spending package be trimmed anywhere from $30 billion to $60 billion dollars.

Sources have not specified where the cuts are targeted, but anticipate they will come from foreign aid and nondiscretionary domestic programs.

Mulvaney said the administration "will work with like-minded partners on Capitol Hill to see how we can reduce wasteful Washington spending within the law."

President Donald Trump has expressed his concerns with the spending package and vowed not to support another omnibus in the future.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he has doubts Congress would be willing to claw back spending from the bill.

"I'm willing to discuss with the administration the possibility of some kind of rescission package," he said. "I think it's worth a discussion. Whether that's achievable is another matter."

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Despite warnings from congressional lawmakers, the White House is pushing ahead with plans to slash as much as $60 billion from the spending bill Congress passed in late March.
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