Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the FY 18 budget proposed by the White House:

“I commend President Trump’s commitment to balancing the budget and prioritizing taxpayer dollars responsibly.  And as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee I am pleased that the Administration is committed to modernizing our energy infrastructure and promoting energy independence.

“But there’s an old adage in Washington: ‘The president proposes and Congress disposes.’  The President’s budget is just a blueprint; a wish-list.  It is Congress that controls the power of the purse under our U.S. Constitution.  So while I do not agree with every line-item in the presidential budget request, I want to work with this Administration and enact pro-growth budgetary policies that will reduce our debt and deficits and reinvigorate the American economy while funding many critical federal functions and safety net programs in a fiscally responsible manner.”

Lance urges all constituents to review President Trump’s budget by visiting