March 20, 2019 | David Sherfinski
Their proposed spending cuts last year didn’t make much headway but the Trump administration remains unbowed, delivering details Monday of the new budget that calls for even deeper cuts to what they characterized as government fat.
From “payment integrity” proposals, aimed at sweating more than $160 billion out of government, to $68 billion the administration thinks it can save by more closely policing who claims popular tax credits, the White House is going big on waste, fraud and abuse this year.
All told, the Office of Management and Budget says it’s eyeing $2.7 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years in an aggressive bid to point out inefficient programs to a Capitol Hill that sometimes seems to be running on autopilot when it comes to spending.
After failing to win many cuts from its first two budgets, the White House has been defensive about its chances this time.
“Congress has been ignoring the president’s spending reductions for the last two years,” said Russell Vought, the acting White House budget director. “The president has continually called for fiscal restraint and will persist in his efforts to end the wasteful spending.”… (Read more at The Washington Times)