“Today’s budget proposal from the President lays out his recommendations for funding the government for the next ten years. There is significant agreement on Capitol Hill, among economists and budget watchdogs and from the American people across the country on the need to develop a plan to bring our federal budget into balance. Moving forward, Congress will develop and debate its own budget. I am aware that portions of the President’s budget call for dramatic cuts to programs affecting Idahoans and its communities. As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, I will work with my colleagues to strike a fair balance between funding necessary programs and the need to reduce ongoing deficit spending.”
“Now that Congress has received the Administration’s FY18 budget, my colleagues and I will give serious thought and discussion to the proposals that the President has put forward. I look forward to carefully reviewing the President’s request in the coming weeks so that Congress can get to work on funding bills for fiscal year 2018, which begins in just a few short months. Although we are starting the process later than normal this year, our subcommittee will do what it does every year; scrutinize the request and hold hearings with administration officials to inform our line-by-line funding decisions. This is the responsibility entrusted to the Congress by the Constitution, and we take that obligation very seriously.
“The Administration deserves credit for taking our nation’s fiscal crisis seriously, but I hope that in the coming years we can begin the conversation on addressing the real drivers of our debt, which remain untouched by the yearly appropriations process. Mandatory programs remain on autopilot and continue to grow, dwarfing all other government programs in terms of spending. That is why I will continue to advocate for ‘going big’ with a package of spending cuts paired with tax and entitlement reform, as it is the only way we will truly put our country back on solid fiscal footing.”
“The President’s budget proposal is merely a blueprint of his Administration’s priorities. As outlined in our U.S. Constitution, it is solely Congress’ responsibility to set our nation’s budget and appropriate funds. The House and Senate must now work together to introduce, debate, and pass a final budget plan. Throughout this process, I will continue to advocate for Idaho’s most pressing priorities.”
Asked what Risch meant by “Idaho’s most pressing priorities,” his press secretary, Kaylin Minton, said, “There are many ongoing issues in Idaho such as wildfire prevention and management, SRS (the Secure Rural Schools program), PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes), and INL (the Idaho National Laboratory), to name a few.”