As Donald Trump keeps racking up failures both at home and abroad, a top Republican in the Senate is saying the president is about to be dealt another blow with respect to his $4.1 trillion budget expected to be released on Tuesday.
“I just think its a prerogative of Congress to make those decisions in consultation with the president,” said the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn, according to The Hill. “Almost every budget I know of is basically dead on arrival, including President Obama’s.”
The Hill notes that Cornyn said Trump’s budget would be met with the same attitude as one of Obama’s proposals – not a good sign for the Republican president. “I think it may find a similar fate, but obviously it’s an expression of his priorities which is important in terms of the conversation between the branches.”
“I think [Trump’s budget] may find a similar fate,” Cornyn added.
The inevitable failure of Trump’s blueprint proves that even Republicans in Congress recognize how politically suicidal the budget would be if approved.
As The New York Times notes on Monday the budget “contains deep cuts in entitlement programs that would hit hardest many of the economically strained voters whose backing propelled the president into office. Over the next decade, it calls for slashing more than $800 billion from Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor, while slicing $192 billion from nutritional assistance and $272 billion over all from welfare programs. And domestic programs outside of military and homeland security whose budgets are determined annually by Congress would also take a hit, their funding falling by $57 billion, or 10.6 percent.”
All of this combined with the president’s expected gutting of the EPA and the State Department make such a measure a non-starter, even among the GOP.
Republicans in Congress won’t touch Trump’s agenda with a 20-foot pole – and it’s only been four months since he took office. A year from now, it’s likely that the GOP won’t even be seen in the same room as Trump or even utter his name publicly.
Not even a budget that attacks the working poor and the environment, two staples of the overall GOP agenda, can pass a Republican Congress – all because it has Donald Trump’s name on it.