Senator Perdue Speculates on the Priorities of a Trump Presidency, and How They Would Affect the Federal Budget

When the U.S. Senate reconvenes after Labor Day, there will be three weeks remaining before the start of the 2017 fiscal year on October 1st. Because Congress has only passed three of the dozen spending bills required to fund the government, Georgia Senator David Perdue, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, predicts there will be a continuing resolution passed, followed by an omnibus spending measure to get the country through the inauguration of the next president, followed by creating a spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year that would reflect the priorities of the new president.

In an interview with GeorgiaPol over the weekend, Senator Perdue, who chairs Donald Trump’s Georgia campaign leadership team, was asked how that 2017 funding bill might look under a Donald Trump administration. After pausing for a minute, Senator Perdue pointed to some things he believes would be priorities in a Trump administration that could affect the budget.

First on the list would be defense spending. Senator Perdue believes President Trump would drive an effort to fully fund the military, a major GOP priority. The second thing that would happen would be a repeal of Obamacare. While previous attempts by GOP legislators to eliminate the Affordable Care Act have been vetoed by President Obama, Trump has promised to sign veto legislation is he was presented with it.

Also likely to occur would be the approval of the long-delayed Keystone Pipeline, whether by legislation or via executive order. A President Trump would also likely undo many of the executive orders and executive actions that affect regulations that in turn, slow the economy.

How would all of this impact the budget? Senator Perdue sees the military getting additional funding, while domestic discretionary funding would remain flat in the short term. In the long term, he sees a Trump administration working with Congress to develop a ten year spending plan that would get the budget under control. Longer term, Senator Perdue sees a goal of tying debt to a percentage of gross domestic product, and then developing a road map to get there.

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gcp
gcp

Trumpet the entertainer has no plan to “get the budget under control” just like he has no solid plans for anything. On the other side Hilly’s spending would add at least two trillion to our total debt over ten years. Not much of a choice.

blakeage80
blakeage80

I really hate the phrase ‘fully fund X’. It signals the person prefers no real cap on spending in that area. Folks that complain about education funding do the same thing. Get at least somewhat specific, instead of feeding people meaningless phrases.

Maybe Bart can tell us what fully funded means to Trump.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

“Longer term, Senator Perdue sees a goal of tying debt to a percentage of gross domestic product, and then developing a road map to get there.”

Amen. Tying debt to gdp or an alternative benchmark is key, a so important key.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I hope he wouldn’t just declare bankruptcy.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

1) This erroneously assumes Trump actually wants to do any governing.

2) Perdue guesses there will be an increase in military spending and no decreases in domestic spending. Not sure how that does anything but increase the debt. Oh? What’s that? Trump is going to set up a 10-year spending plan? Well I hope there’s a 10-year tax plan as well, because there is no realistic way to resolve the debt while increasing military spending and not increasing taxes. Unless, of course, Donald and David want to cut Social Security, Medicare, etc.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Taxes can be cut (as a%) and revenue go up significantly with flatter taxes, less deductions and everybody with skin in the game.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Has it ever worked, anywhere?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Perdue’s neck tattoo is sporty. Recollection of the exchange in Washington Post interview, March 31, 2016 makes it quite it clear Perdue is chairing for a moron. Donald Trump: “We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt.” Bob Woodward: “How long would that take?” Trump: “I think I could do it fairly quickly, because of the fact the numbers…” Woodward: “What’s fairly quickly?” Trump: “Well, I would say over a period of eight years. And I’ll tell you why.” Woodward: “Would you ever be open to tax increases as part of that, to solve the problem?” Trump:… Read more »

rickday
rickday

Which ones, Donny? http://www.govtslaves.info/comprehensive-list-of-executive-orders-under-obama/ oooh here’s one of those scarey Executive Orders now! Executive Order 13556 — Controlled Unclassified Information By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. This order establishes an open and uniform program for managing information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with law, regulations, and Government-wide policies, excluding information that is classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009, or the Atomic Energy Act, as amended. At present, executive departments… Read more »