Earlier this month, the Trump administration offered Congress the chance to do something it hasn’t it quite awhile: Cut spending. The package would strip out a little over $15 billion in unnecessary or wasteful spending.
And today, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, which would create a path toward formally cutting the funds that the White House identified in its package.
Now, the clock is ticking. Under the 1974 Budget Act, the President can pause funds — but only for 45 days if Congress does not act.
Solving our looming budget crisis will take far tougher, more wide-ranging reforms that these. Here, Congress is presented with perhaps the lowest-hanging fruit possible for budget cuts — and they should act swiftly to support them.