Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement on President’s FY19 Budget Proposal

February 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s recently-introduced FY19 Budget:

“President Trump’s budget shows his administration’s tremendous commitment to America’s national defense. It provides robust funding for our military, including training, as well as a much-deserved pay raise for our troops. It helps protect America’s border from an influx of crime and drugs, by funding the border wall, hiring thousands of new ICE agents, and increasing the capacity and number of detention facilities for those who attempt to enter the country illegally. But despite these positive steps forward, the budget falls short in fiscal responsibility. This budget continues too much of Washington’s wasteful spending — it does not balance in ten years, and it creates a deficit of over a trillion dollars next year. We must do more to curb Washington’s terrible spending habits. We cannot steal from America’s future to pay for spending today.

Last year, I pushed for reforms to mandatory spending programs, the largest drivers of America’s debt. One common-sense reform, supported by a majority of Americans, is work requirements for welfare — a simple proposal that will save American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, and lift millions out of welfare into the dignity and fulfilment of work. My efforts were successful, and work requirements were included in the House Budget Committee’s budget — a fiscally-responsible plan that cut more than two hundred billion dollars from bloated Washington spending programs. Unfortunately, the Senate budget did not include any of our common-sense reforms, and continued America’s unsustainable trajectory toward the edge of a fiscal cliff. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Budget Committee once more, and to developing a budget that restores fiscal sanity to Washington, DC. I applaud the President for taking care of our troops, enhancing our national security, and keeping America safe; now Congress must work to keep America fiscally safe, and rein in America’s excessive mandatory spending,” Rep. Gaetz said.