Utah Sens. Mitt Romney, Mike Lee want Congress to budget for natural disasters

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  • Alfred Springville, UT
    May 22, 2019 11:44 p.m.

    I think you guys should get to work on important issues... like "illegal immigration," "catch and release," and "chain migration" programs. Get going!!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 22, 2019 1:25 p.m.

    @Laura

    Numbers don't/can't "lie".

    However, people sometimes do.

    😀

  • Nathan Andelin West Jordan, UT
    May 22, 2019 9:44 a.m.

    What should we call a budget that the federal government refuses to live within?

  • search diligently Lehi, UT
    May 22, 2019 9:22 a.m.

    Building up a "reserves" fund for national disasters makes perfect sense. Other entities do this all the time.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    May 22, 2019 8:23 a.m.

    @Herbert Gravy wrote,

    "Many middle income families such as my own benefitted greatly from the new tax law."

    Either you have a very different definition of "middle income" or "greatly" than I do. But the numbers don't lie.

    "Also, Senators Romney and Lee, just think of how much money would be available to cover "natural disasters" if we did not have a porous Southern border."

    Even better, think of how much money would be gained if we legalized the undocumented workers who are already here and got them all paying taxes. And the employers of all those under-the-table workers would be paying into the state workers' compensation funds as well.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 22, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    @Laura

    Sorry, it is NOT a "millionaire's tax cut".

    Many middle income families such as my own benefitted greatly from the new tax law.

    Also, Senators Romney and Lee, just think of how much money would be available to cover "natural disasters" if we did not have a porous Southern border.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    May 22, 2019 5:03 a.m.

    "Lee said the government should not be able to avoid difficult financial realities by simply marking funds as "emergency" or "disaster relief." "We’ve seen in the last five years that Congress would rather borrow and spend instead of cutting wasteful, unnecessary programs and saving for a rainy day," he said."

    Mr. Lee, you voted for the millionaire's tax cut. Did you not think it would result in a "difficult financial reality"?

    And how about telling us about these "wasteful, unnecessary programs" that you want cut. Actually list them, and explain why they are wasteful. Tell us the consequences of cutting them. If you have none in mind --and I'm guessing that you don't--then be honest and say that, as well.

  • YouAreKidding Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2019 8:09 p.m.

    I'm all for budgeting...especially "balanced" budgeting. My wife and I do it. All of us do it.

    It's great these guys want to "put it in the budget", but until Congress gets serious about reigning in the spending...EVERY KIND OF SPENDING...to get the deficit and national debt under control, it's all just talk...

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    May 21, 2019 8:03 p.m.

    I like to see our Utah Senator's doing the work we voted them in office to accomplish. We have some serious issues for the country and it appears they are focusing on taking the issues head on. With Senator Romney's financial skills and back ground he can do many good things for the country if he will keep his focus.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    May 21, 2019 6:08 p.m.

    Not a bad idea but this would only work if the budgeted money was put in a lock box.