Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Crapo: Support for Sweeping Cuts, but Veterans Should Be Spared Fiscal Axe

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

While Congressional Republicans craft a response to President Barack Obama's $3.7 trillion budget for 2012, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said he would support across-the-board reductions rather than targeting specific programs or agencies.

"Unless you can prove that specific programs have no justification for any federal funding, or that they're mismanaged, it is more politically justifiable to ask all parts of the budget to share in the reductions that are necessary to achieve budget targets," Crapo told Citydesk.

When asked if he would support a general cut to all programs, including hot-button issues such as benefits to veterans, Crapo hedged a bit.

"You've obviously mentioned an area where I believe there should be no cuts," Crapo told Citydesk. "There are some parts of the budget that need to be protected and that's one of them. But we can't add too many to that list. If you start exempting everything, fiscal objectives can't be met."

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