John Yarmuth

Opinion: Raise the Caps to Raise Up American Communities
Congress needs to invest to keep America safe and prosperous

As President Trump and congressional leaders negotiate a framework for federal spending, it is important to stop pitting “defense” and “nondefense” investments against one another, when both are so critical to our common security and prosperity.

Only by treating these investments with parity can Congress do its part to promote the shared future American families and communities deserve.

Opinion: Congress Needs to Raise Budget Caps
Economic and national security investments vital to our long-term success

We begin the 2018 budget process facing arbitrary and irresponsible spending caps that threaten our security, our economy, and our nation’s standing as a global leader of research and innovation. Yet, the budget proposal put forth by President Donald Trump does not respond to this simple truth. In fact, it will take our country in the opposite direction.

The president would provide additional funds for one important aspect of government — defense — but would do so at the expense of all other investments. That’s not a responsible proposal — and it should not be treated as one. Even some of my Republican colleagues have criticized these misguided priorities of President Trump. House Budget Committee member Tom Cole, R-Okla., called the president’s proposed cuts “short-sighted,” saying, “These are investments the country ought to be making.”

Let’s Find Common Ground in the Constitution

Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America reads: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”

Establishing Congress was the first priority of our Founding Fathers, who understood the importance of protecting America from the perils of an all-powerful chief executive. The brilliant conception of a representative branch of government, empowered to facilitate the concept of self-government, is precisely what makes our system of the people, by the people and thus for the people.