Senate rejects White House plan to cut spending

Another Reason to Get Alexander out of the Senate

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a White House proposal to cut billions in federal spending after two Republicans joined Democrats in a 48-50 vote. The Trump administration wanted to rescind authorization for $15 billion in spending Congress had approved in a show of fiscal responsibility after conservatives objected to a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March. One of the Republicans, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), reportedly objected to about $16 million in cuts targeting Land and Water Conservation Fund projects under the U.S. Forest Service. He doesn’t usually go against the GOP leadership. The other, moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), was concerned about cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The Senate on Wednesday rejected billions in spending cuts proposed by the Trump administration as two Republicans joined all Democrats in voting no.

The 48-50 vote rebuffed a White House plan to claw back some $15 billion in spending previously approved by Congress — a show of fiscal responsibility that was encouraged by conservative lawmakers outraged over a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March.

The House had approved the so-called rescissions package earlier this month. But passage had never been assured in the Senate, where a number of Republicans had been cool to the idea from the start.

Nevertheless, Wednesday’s outcome was startling because one of the opposing votes came from Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who does not normally buck the White House or GOP leadership. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a moderate and one of the Republicans who most frequently side with Democrats, cast the other GOP vote against the cuts.

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