Dem senator: Trump budget an 'insult to drunken sailors'

Dem senator: Trump budget an 'insult to drunken sailors'
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Democratic Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperDemocrat asks for probe of EPA's use of politically appointed lawyers Overnight Energy: Study links coronavirus mortality to air pollution exposure | Low-income, minority households pay more for utilities: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push resolution to battle climate change, sluggish economy and racial injustice | Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling energy bill | Trump courts Florida voters with offshore drilling moratorium MORE (Del.) on Wednesday slammed the Trump administration's proposed budget, saying it represents a new level of out-of-control government spending and is an "insult to drunken sailors."

Carper, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, criticized the administration for proposing cuts to domestic spending while offering major tax cuts for wealthy Americans and corporations in the GOP tax plan signed into law in December.

“There’s an old saying about fiscal frivolity: ‘spending money like a drunken sailor.’ As a 23-year veteran of the Navy and Naval Reserves, I’ve known many sailors in my life," Carper said in a statement. "I can say with certainty that the way our federal government spends money is an insult to drunken sailors."

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"There are smart ways that we can save money without hurting people, and we have a fiscal and moral obligation to do just that. We can — and we must — save money across federal agencies without taking away people’s health care, eliminating protections for our environment and public health, and cutting programs that communities rely on," Carper added.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE unveiled his budget plan on Monday, which would eliminate 22 agencies and federal programs while making deep cuts to others. The plan hopes to slash the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years and has the support of congressional Republican leaders.

“This budget lays out a thoughtful, detailed, and responsible blueprint for achieving our shared agenda," Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAt indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates Peterson faces fight of his career in deep-red Minnesota district MORE (R-Wis.) said.

Democrats, however, have uniformly criticized the plan, with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (D-Calif.) calling it a "brutal collection of broken promises" in a statement this week.

“The budget is a statement of our values, but the President’s brutal collection of broken promises and staggering cuts shows he does not value the future of seniors, children and working families," said Pelosi.