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What´s important about Trump´s
budget is not what you think

McClatchy Newspapers, by Andrew Malcolm

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Posted By:SurferLad, 3/20/2017 7:18:07 AM

President Trump’s first federal budget is very important – but not for the reasons so widely discussed in recent days. [Snip] That’s because presidents can request, suggest, propose, even plead. But Congress decides the real spending. As proudly proclaimed by some congressional denizens in D.C.’s fetid political environment, Trump’s budget is “DOA.” As is any president’s budget in modern history. President Trump’s federal budget outline is to be expanded in May, when it likely will matter even less, coming after much congressional budgeting. Trump’s budget is only important for


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rolfnader, 3/20/2017 8:03:39 AM     (No. 11195396)

Unless , of course, your name is Barack Obama and you have a Boehner or Ryan running the House of Representatives.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Udanja99, 3/20/2017 8:04:59 AM     (No. 11195398)

I don´t remember congress controlling the spending from January 2009 to January 2017. Seems to me that Smidgen spent all the money he wanted without any input from congress.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Elvira, 3/20/2017 9:29:26 AM     (No. 11195491)

I´m with #2 - was there ever a budget passed during the Oh-Wow-Me Obama administration???? Ms. Pelosi??? Hello, Ms. Pelosi???

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thomthomp, 3/20/2017 9:44:37 AM     (No. 11195515)

Whenever I see a headline from the MSM telling me what I SHOULD think I usually read no further.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: curious1, 3/20/2017 10:03:54 AM     (No. 11195550)

#2,3; Exactly! Plus, just because congress authorizes the spending, as we´ve seen for the last eight years, that doesn´t mean the president has to spend that much on whatever. The congress can restrict the funds available, but it´s much harder for them to make the administration spend more.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 3/20/2017 12:21:06 PM     (No. 11195696)

As Civics 101 taught me, Congress ´controls the purse-strings,´ but they never said that Congress controls the checkbook, paying each agency, as it pleased. For whom does the Office of Management and Budget work?

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- Budget development and execution.
Management, including oversight of agency performance, human capital, Federal procurement, financial management, and information technology.
- Regulatory policy, including coordination and review of all significant Federal regulations by executive agencies.
- Legislative clearance and coordination.
- Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda.

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