Rep. Dan Crenshaw lambasted Democrats for failing to offer a budget of their own while openly criticizing President Donald Trump for his proposals.
The Texas Republican shared a video this week calling out the “moral grandstanding and shaming” by Democrats as they excoriated Trump’s proposed plan and offered no alternative budget themselves.
President Trump’s budget got a lot of criticism today from some Democrats who REFUSE to actually propose their own budget. This is hypocrisy at its finest.
What’s worse, is the moral grandstanding and shaming that occurs every year with respect to spending. pic.twitter.com/2pwFh9Z6SW
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) February 13, 2020
“This is hypocrisy at its finest,” Crenshaw wrote in the caption on the tweet.
The accompanying video showed the congressman’s questioning of acting White House budget chief Russell Vought, who testified in a House Budget Committee hearing this week in support of the president’s fiscal year 2021 spending proposal.
“You received a lot of criticism over the president’s budget and I’m just curious how it compares to Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi’s budget,” Crenshaw asked Vought.
“It doesn’t. Speaker Pelosi does not have a budget,” he replied, prompting Crenshaw to ask, “are you sure?”
“What about this committee? How does it compare to this committee’s budget, from the majority, they have proposed,” Crenshaw went on.
“To my knowledge, this committee is not working on a budget, nor has it produced one,” Vought said.
“That seems strange to me. Doesn’t it?” Crenshaw responded. “The Constitution says that the budget is supposed to originate in the House and then go to the Senate and then be signed by the president. You’re saying you have not seen a budget that you can compare to the president’s budget?”
The lawmaker continued to jab his Democrat colleagues, saying “lots of stones” were being cast while “no actual values” were being proposed, citing a quote from Pelosi that a budget reflects the values deemed important.
“The stones are cast in a way that would imply that the president’s budget is without values, is without any moral character,” Crenshaw went on.
Trump budget slashes $4.4T in spending, hits foreign aid and social safety nets, boosts wall, NASA & vets https://t.co/QrR3JAQ6JO
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 10, 2020
Democrats called open season on Trump’s proposed budget this week, tearing into it through Vought.
“Your infrastructure program is weak and pathetic,” Rep. Brian Higgins of New York told Vought.
Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro slammed the budget proposal as “an Orwellian presentation that showcases doublespeak,” while Committee Chairman John Yarmuth of Kentucky said it was a “destructive and irrational” proposal.
“If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and looks like a duck, it’s a duck,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York said after Vought painstakingly explained how the proposed cuts to Medicaid, food stamps or Social Security disability benefits would not have any negative repercussions for beneficiaries despite the contention by Democrats that they would.
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee even injected racism into Trump’s budget.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee calls Trump’s budget plan racist: “This document is trying to uproot the long belief that poor people, particularly African Americans, and now immigrants and others, are lazy. This budget clearly emphasizes that unfortunately racially charged direction…” pic.twitter.com/hrBzbLj84E
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 12, 2020
Republicans fired back at Democrats for being critical of the president’s proposal while sitting on their hands.
“Here we are, the greatest nation in the history of the world, and we can’t even manage to come up with something as simple as a budget,” ranking member Steve Womack of Arkansas said during the meeting.
Crenshaw had slammed the Budget Committee for failing to be the “adult in the room.”
“But we’re not doing that. Instead, we’re taking really easy but disingenuous political shots at the president’s budget,” he said.
“Democrats have no ground to stand on when they criticize the administration’s spending cuts,” Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks president, said in a statement.
“After all, they neglected to even do their own budget last year and have said they won’t this year, too,” he added. “However, the largest government programs– Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — remain largely untouched in the budget request aside from addressing waste, fraud, and abuse. Far more substantive reforms are needed if we are to avoid a future of perpetually rising debt and fiscal recklessness. So far, Democrats have refused to even come to the table.”
In the video Crenshaw had posted from the hearing, the Texas lawmaker called out Democrats for employing “shame” and “moral grandstanding” to make their points.
“Why is it we have unending debt, unending growth in debt? Why is that?” he asked. “Because this body engages in nothing but moral shaming.”
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