While the just unveiled White House budget will likely face stiff opposition in the Senate, its fate in the House is less certain. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has long proven himself to be a staunch ally of President Trump — after all, such gets him ahead politically.
Thus, although the White House’s new budget proposal lays out budget cuts to programs ranging from Medicaid to food stamps that combine to total hundreds upon hundreds of billions of dollars, Ryan is already on board.
In a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Ryan spoke glowingly of the budget, similar to the glowing praise that he heaped on the American Health Care Act which will, if passed, literally strip health care from tens of millions of Americans.
It’s important to note that not only is the new budget proposal morally questionable, it’s also fiscally questionable. A number of economists have spoken out against some of the assumptions inherent in the proposal, including that the United States will soon reach and sustain 3% annual growth.
Of the new White House budget proposal, Ryan said:
‘We can finally turn the page on the Obama ear of bloated budgets that never balance. President Trump has proven his commitment to fiscal responsibility with a budget that will grow the economy.’
Read his full statement below — and remember, it’s not a given that this budget is as fiscally responsible as Ryan suggests.
Check out some of the best replies to Ryan’s statement below.