fiscal conservatives

Why Trump, Chuck and Nancy face huge hurdles in infrastructure spending plan
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 109

The Washington Monument can be seen as traffic travels over the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge April 13, 2015. The bridge is one of 61,000 bridges across America that the Department of Transportation said were structurally deficient and in need of repair. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Ep. 4: How Obamacare Could Lead Republicans to a Fiscal Train Wreck
Budget Tracker Extra

Various fiscal issues are piling up for Congress but remain unresolved, largely due to the GOP’s inability to agree on a roadmap to repealing Obamacare, says CQ Roll Call’s senior budget reporter Paul Krawzak. He explains how the Trump administration is approaching its first budget, but cautions that the end result might even be no budget at all.

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Who’s Going to Pay for the Wall? Congress!
Ryan, McConnell are noncommittal on how to pay for border wall

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speak at the Republican issues’ retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan expects President Donald Trump to submit a roughly $15 billion supplemental appropriations request to pay for his border wall, but neither Ryan nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would detail whether the cost will be offset by spending cuts or paid for with deficit spending, nor whether Mexico would ultimately pay for it, as Trump promised repeatedly during the 2016 campaign.

“As far as the offset, we’re going to wait for the administration and see what their supplemental looks like,” Ryan said at a media availability with McConnell on Thursday at the GOP’s issues retreat here.