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Tags: budget | freedom caucus | white house | spending

Freedom Caucus Budget Plan Called 'Five-Alarm Fire'

By    |   Monday, 20 March 2023 04:38 PM EDT

The Biden administration dismissed a budget proposal from the Freedom Caucus as a "five-alarm fire" on Monday, calling it "a disaster" for American families.

In a briefing, the White House highlighted five ways in which it believes the "extreme MAGA" House Republican plan endangers public safety, raises costs, encourages outsourcing, weakens national security, and hurts senior citizens.

The proposal "would eliminate funding for more than 2,000 Customs and Border Protection agents and officers and severely undermine our ability to secure the border and combat drug trafficking," the statement read.

It would also "eliminate funding for 11,000 FBI personnel, including agents who investigate crimes and keep guns out of the hands of felons and domestic abusers," the administration said.

The White House alleged that the package "would lead to 11,000 fewer rail safety inspection days next year alone, and 30,000 fewer miles of track inspected annually," a point emphasized due to recent high-profile derailments in Ohio.

Another recent issue appealed to is air safety and security, which the administration accused the Freedom Caucus of sidelining by proposing "125 air traffic control towers across the country" shut down services.

"That's in sharp contrast with the president's budget," President Joe Biden's office said, "which invests in America, lowers costs for families, protects and strengthens Medicare and Social Security, and reduces the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years, while ensuring no one making less than $400,000 per year pays a penny more in new taxes."

It comes amid the Freedom Caucus' rollout of its proposal earlier this month, which seeks to cap discretionary spending at fiscal 2022 levels for a decade. The group argues it would allow for 1% growth annually and free up $131 billion.

"I didn't realize the president was now going on his comedy tour, because yesterday was the joke of his budget; and we thought that was as non-serious as anything," House Freedom Caucus Chair Scott Perry, R-Pa., previously said of Biden discrediting of the plan.

"It's the same old smear-and-fear campaign by the Biden administration."

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The Biden administration dismissed a budget proposal from the Freedom Caucus as a "five-alarm fire" on Monday, calling it "a disaster" for American families.
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