Tenn. congressional delegation gives Trump budget mixed reception

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump
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 WASHINGTON, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s congressional delegation is weighing in on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal released Tuesday.


Referencing Trump’s visit Wednesday morning at the Vatican, West Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen was derisive, wondering whether “Trump asked Pope Francis for forgiveness for his budget cuts.” 


Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was far more supportive, tweeting that she applauds the president for a “bold budget that…lays a pathway to eliminating debt.”


Not all of Trump's fellow Republicans were impressed. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says many of the drastic cuts called for in the budget proposal “will never occur.” The Tennessean quotes Corker saying “We can solve our fiscal issues without harming those who depend on these important programs.”  


Republican Rep Diane Black heads the powerful House Budget Committee and so will help shape the new federal budget. She applauds the presidents' commitment to "save taxpayer dollars,” but goes on to say her committee will “build our own budget.”