Cole Statement on President Trump’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after President Donald Trump this week sent his budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2021.
“Each fiscal year, receipt of the president’s budget request marks an important step in the budget and appropriations process. It’s the president’s opportunity to provide Congress with an aspirational list of priorities as lawmakers chart the path forward on government funding. And to President Trump’s credit, at least he met the legal requirement to send a budget request to Congress for the upcoming fiscal year. By stark contrast, the House Democratic majority did not even attempt to write a budget last year, and it has already been made clear that will be the case again this year – even though Congress is legally required to pass a budget. Sooner rather than later, all sides must come to the table with realistic propositions and have serious discussions on how to address the nation’s exploding debt and rising deficits. Without a budget though, progress isn’t likely to be made.”