Carter Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) released the following statement today on the release of the president’s fiscal year 2018 budget request:

“It is encouraging to finally have a president that realizes it’s past time to cut up the credits cards. This budget proposal creates a framework for a necessary and long overdue discussion about  reining in Washington’s spending addiction. Our current fiscal trajectory is simply not sustainable and something needs to be done.

“At the same time, it’s important to remember that this is just the starting point for budget discussions. As we work to create a fiscally sound budget to grow our economy, it’s my job to ensure the First District is supported and I take that job very seriously. I will fight for our ports, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, the Coast Guard, our military installations, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and other critical projects as discussions continue.”

President’s Budget Includes Collins’ Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON—President Trump’s FY 2018 budget incorporates a tax accountability policy that parallels legislation introduced by Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) this February. The president’s budget can include policy recommendations, and Collins’ Tax Credit Accountability Act would prevent individuals residing in the United States illegally from receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Currently, Obama-era policies allow illegal immigrants to claim the EITC retroactively, even if they have not paid taxes on previous income. In fact, illegal immigrants who were granted de facto amnesty under the Obama Administration could receive refund checks larger than their original tax liabilities. This process has been made possible by the executive decision to award illegal aliens Social Security numbers as part of amnesty.

Collins’ bill would correct this imbalance by preventing illegal residents from benefiting financially from breaking U.S. laws. 

“I support the president’s strong response to illegal immigration and am pleased to see my legislation mirrored in his first full budget. American taxpayers deserve to see the fruits of their labor returned to their families rather than passed on to individuals who undermine our legal system,” said Collins.

This budget represents the first time the White House has considered the perspective of the taxpayer, rather than looking only at where the money is flowing, in drafting its budget requests.

Rep. Graves: Trump’s Budget Is Impressive And Honest

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, A New Foundation for American Greatness:

“The president’s budget proposal is impressive. He’s keeping his campaign promises, and also being very honest with Americans about what it takes to balance the budget. Many decisions are hard, but the president has offered new ideas and a fresh approach to solve our nation’s greatest challenges.

“The president’s vision includes major middle-income and business tax cuts, and a $1 trillion public-private plan for national infrastructure projects. These proposals would open up new opportunities and good jobs in communities across Georgia.

“I support the proposal to build upon our spending cuts and further reduce the size of many federal agencies. The president rightly wants to have fewer bureaucrats around to regulate our lives in order to free up funding for border security and the military.

“Congress has about four months to dig into the plan, debate the merits and respond with a final spending bill. I’m excited to work with the president and his team to do big things and empower Americans to achieve their dreams.”