Thursday, April 5, 2018

President Trump May Use Impoundment Act to Cut Omnibus Spending

Via The Republican Security Council
Trump Will Seek As Much As $117 Billion In Budget Cuts. The Rarely Used Impoundment Act Will Be Brought Back.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials told reporters today that President Trump is preparing to reduce a significant amount of non-defense spending in the recently passed Omnibus Budget. 
He will do this through the Impoundment Act, a tool not used in recent years.
It will allow him to rescind authorized spending with just a simple majority vote. It avoids the Senate Democratic filibuster that required Republicans to negotiate with Democrats in the first place.
To be successful, Trump will need the support of all 51 GOP Senators to obtain a majority. So far, no Democrat has agreed to a rescission budget reduction. 
Forty-three states give their governors authority not to spend money allocated by the state legislature.
The Line Item Veto Act of 1996 was part of the GOP's Contract With America. President Bill Clinton used it 82 times before the law was struck down in 1998 by the Supreme Court on the grounds of it being in violation of the Presentment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The original Trump budget proposed $462 billion in non-defense spending but the Omnibus increased that amount by $117 billion.
At the top of Trump's proposed budget cuts are International financial assistance for global climate change initiatives ($160 million), and funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($480 million). Republican Security Council