On Wednesday, President Trump spoke to cabinet members and suggested that the Administration is going in a radically different direction after approving nearly $1 trillion in new spending via several omnibus bills Congress sent over in 2018.
This week, though, Trump asked cabinet agency heads to draft proposals to cut their budgets by 5 percent. The USDA has already promised to come through with cuts, although it remains to be seen just how many other agencies will deliver — or be forced to. This news follows recent suggestions from Senate leadership that they will target entitlement reforms in the coming year, too.
Fiscal conservatives should be encouraged at such overt signs that spending reform is on the agenda, and keep up the pressure on elected officials to follow through on lasting, meaningful reforms that are so desperately needed.
Note: This post originally appeared at the Institute for Spending Reform