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Senate stops Trump push-to-cancel $15B spending

Two Republicans joined 48 Democrats in blocking the so-called “recissions’ – package

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst, file)

The Senate voted narrowly to block Wednesday, a White house plan expenditure to cancel nearly $15 billion in the state.

The so-called “recissions” – package was considered blocked, by a 50-48 vote. Two Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine, Richard Burr of North Carolina along with all the Democrats against the plan.

To eliminate the largely symbolic bill, the remaining funds that would not have been likely to be spent anyway. President Donald Trump and GOP conservatives had accepted the plan, the following passage in March of a $1.3 trillion catch-all spending bill, they said, was bloated.

The GOP-controlled house passed only just the cuts earlier this month.

The budget deficit is on track to exceed $800 billion this year despite a strong economy.

Democrats complained that the cancellations would take the plan of $7 billion from the popular children’s health insurance program, so it can’t be used later.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the idea said that the Republicans would claw billions of dollars from the children’s health insurance, affordable housing, and rural development to force through massive tax cuts “is beyond ridiculous. It is unscrupulous.”

But Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said that the expenses have waivers, a common practice in the past decades, and, in General, on a cross-party basis.

“Return unused taxpayer money is not only a good government. In a Republic, it should be expected. It should be the norm,” Lee said.

Burr’s resistance was unexpected and came after he was not guaranteed to protect a vote on his amendment, the funding for the land and water conservation. The rescission package included $16 million of Land and water Conservation Fund ” money for the Forest Service, and promised to specific projects.

Burr and other senators introduced a bipartisan press conference on Wednesday to mark 100 days until the maintenance program expires, unless the Congress votes to authorize.

Collins said in a statement on Wednesday that the cancellations package was unnecessary.

“My belief is that it is the job of Congress to comb through these accounts, and this is what we do (Senate) Appropriations Committee,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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