Transparency advocate hopes Trump shows he's serious about cutting spending

Government transparency advocate Adam Andrzejewski says he hopes a new report from his group helps President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE get serious about cutting unnecessary spending, during an interview aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "Rising."

"We hope this report shows the president, who I think has good instincts on spending, coming from the private sector, [has a chance] to show that he's serious on cutting that five percent," Andrzejewski, the CEO of Open the Books, told Hill.TV's Julia Manchester. 

"Right now, we're hearing that his agency secretaries don't believe he's serious," he continued. "The Democrats in Congress don't believe the Republicans anymore because in the last two fiscal years, the Republicans, when they controlled Congress, they hiked discretionary spending by $300 billion."

Open the Books released a report this month showing the federal government spent $97 billion last September on items including alcohol, golf carts, lobster tails and tableware. 

Trump unveiled his 2020 budget earlier this month, which includes large proposed cuts to domestic spending, but with boosts to defense spending.

The budget is essentially dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled House but is an important document for highlighting the administration's fiscal priorities.

— Hill.TV Staff