Statement on the President's Budget Proposal
Congressman Doug Lamborn has issued the following statement upon release of President Donald Trump's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget:
"President Trump's New Foundation For American Greatness budget proposal includes many positive developments that I am eager to support. Most importantly, the proposal makes a significant down payment on rebuilding America's military strength. While this proposal only gets us halfway to where we need to be, it is a step in the right direction. I am also pleased to see $2.6 billion allocated for border security construction, improvements, technology, and manpower. Also, this budget proposal balances in 10 years and protects Social Security and Medicare. While it is true that there will be spending reductions tied to significant welfare reform, these changes will come with economic growth that will replace dependence on government assistance with the dignity that comes from work. By making these reforms, welfare benefits will be more effectively targeted toward those Americans the programs are intended to serve.
It's important to note that this is the beginning of a process. The President proposes spending levels, but the Congress uses its power of the purse to weigh-in with its priorities as well. I would anticipate many changes to come. However, I appreciate the President setting a fiscally responsible benchmark, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to make the tough decisions necessary for the safety and fiscal stability of the American people."