Congressman Jeff Duncan Reacts to Presidential Budget Blueprint

March 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Upon the unveiling of the President’s Budget Blueprint, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) released the following statement:

"I want to congratulate my friend Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, on the release of the America First Budget Blueprint. The Budget that OMB has proposed takes responsible steps towards ensuring that Americans priorities are addressed first.

"As Mick said yesterday, ‘This is not a soft power budget, this is a hard power budget.’ I couldn’t agree more. It is long past time to shore up the nation’s defenses with the spending needed to modernize our military and improve readiness.  Defending our country must always be the nation’s top priority, and this budget takes important steps in that direction.

"I have long said that our national debt is one of our greatest national security threats of our generation. During Barack Obama’s Presidency, budgets were used merely as propaganda documents to gather votes. I am encouraged that for the first time since I have been in Congress, I am seeing a budget from our President that sets priorities and makes tough decisions. I completely agree with the decision to cut foreign aid as the way to pay for increased military spending.  America cannot be the world’s policeman, the world’s banker, or the world’s welfare program. America’s citizens have enough problems at home – we don’t need to look halfway around the globe to find people to spend money on. I’m also encouraged that the President recommended an increase to Veterans funding, because without our veterans we would not have our freedoms.

"I’m glad that the President is looking towards the Constitution when determining what to fund and what to cut. Our federal government has specific and enumerated powers granted to it by the Constitution. Only by restricting funding to those key functions of government will we begin to claw out of our $20 trillion debt.

"I look forward to working with the Administration to push these priorities through Congress, ensuring that the American people get the most out of every tax dollar taken from them."