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We need people to go to work. If you're on food stamps, and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work. If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed to be – if you're not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work. We need everybody pulling in the same direction.feedback

We don't want to make too many assumptions. We thought that the assumption that the tax reform would be deficit neutral was the most reasonable.feedback

We're no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs, but by the number of people we help get off those programs.feedback

If we said it's going to add to the deficit, then we have to go into more detail than what's in the summary right now, [and] if we say it's going to reduce the deficit, we have to go into more detail than what's in it right now. And we simply are not in a position to do that.feedback

Do you really think that Social Security Disability Insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security? I don't think so.feedback

Isn't it reasonable to at least ask the question, Are there people on that program who shouldn't be on there?feedback

There's a dignity to work. There's a necessity to work to help the country succeed, and we need everybody to be pulling in the same direction.feedback

I made the case for why those programs should be reformed, and the president said 'No, I'm going to keep my promises.feedback

We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs. We will measure compassion and success by the number of people who get off those programs. That assumes a pessimism about America, about the economy, about the people, about its culture that we're simply refusing to accept. We do not believe that [3 percent] is something fanciful.feedback

The tax plan, as you know, is in its very early stages.feedback

If Congress has a different way to get to that endpoint, God bless them – that's great. Do I expect them to adopt this 100 percent, wholeheartedly, without any change? Absolutely not. Do I expect them to work with the administration on trying to figure out places where we're on the same page? Absolutely.feedback

Compassion needs to be on both sides of that equation. Yes, you have to have compassion for folks who are receiving the federal funds, but also you have to have compassion for the folks who are paying it.feedback

It drives our tax reform policy, our regulatory policy, trade, energy ... everything is keyed toward getting us back to 3 percent.feedback

This data call appears to raise legal questions regarding the scope of OGE's authorities.feedback

We need people to go to work. If you are on food stamps, we need you to go to work. If you are on disability and you should not be, we need you to go back to work.feedback

This is, I think, the first time in a long time the administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people paying the taxes. We're not going to measure success by how much money we spend but by how many people we actually help.feedback

If you ask 990 people out of a thousand, they'd tell you Social Security disability is not part of Social Security.feedback

In particular, this data call appears to raise legal questions regarding the scope of OGE's authorities.feedback

He said, I promised people on the campaign trail that I would not touch their retirement and I would not touch Medicare.' And we don't do it. If you ask, 999 people out of 1,000 would tell you that Social Security disability is not part of Social Security. Old age retirement – that they think of as Social Security.feedback

The C.B.O. assumes that we'll never grow at more than 1.9 percent again. That assumes a pessimism about America, about the economy, about its people, about its culture that we refuse to accept.feedback

This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes. We're not going to measure our success by how much money we spend, but by how many people we actually help. He said, I promised people on the campaign trail I would not touch their retirement and I would not touch Medicare,' and we don't do it. I honestly was surprised that we could balance the budget without changing those programs, but we managed to do that.feedback

I think we've trained people to be immune to the true costs of government. People think government is cheaper than it is because we've allowed ourselves to borrow money for a long period of time and not worry about paying it back.feedback

We've actually floated that idea with the president, to be a little bit heavier-handed on the rebates they have to pay in order to drive the prices down.feedback

The president ran saying he would spend less money overseas and more money back home. So when you go to implement that policy, you go to things like foreign aid, and those get reduced. There's no question this is a hard-power budget. It is not a soft-power budget. This is a hard-power budget. … The president very clearly wants to send a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a strong-power administration. So you have seen money move from soft-power programs, such as foreign aid, into more hard-power programs.feedback

And we're going to build this. There are several hundreds of millions of dollars for us to replace cyclone fencing with 20-foot high steel wall. There's several hundreds of millions of dollars in the bill for us. There's several hundreds of millions of dollars for us to build levee walls along the southern border. And as many of you know who follow this issue, some of the most vulnerable areas that we have are places along rivers where we desperately need levees in order to provide the protection of the southern border that we -- that we need, OK?feedback

If we give more control to the states they can figure out a way to best provide for children like Mr. Kimmel's baby.feedback

The president is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats, and they went out to try to spike the football and make him look bad. If the Democrats aren't going to behave any better than they have in the last couple of days, it may be inevitable.feedback

There's absolutely no language in this bill that requires us to make any Obamacare bailout payments, any C.S.R. payments of any way, shape or form as a result of this deal, O.K.? We've not made any decisions at all on May.feedback

They're walking around trying to make it look like they pulled one over fast on the president. I just won't stand for it. We didn't go dollar-for-dollar. That's a tremendous development for this president and a huge win from a negotiating standpoint. I'd be happy to convince anybody on the right that this is a great deal.feedback

This is a change-agent president, and he's going to change Washington, D.C. And if it takes a shutdown, that's what it's going to take.feedback

This was not winning from the Republican point of view.feedback

There are certain places where technology will also help.feedback

The truth of the matter here is that what happened is the American people won and the president negotiated that victory for them.feedback

Right now I'm not worried about September, I'm worried about this deal that's in front of us. I think the president's tweet was that we might need a shutdown at some point to drive home that this place, that Washington needs to be fixed. I think that's a defensible position, one we'll deal with in September. The truth of the matter though is now we've averted a government shutdown in a way that allows the president to fund his priorities. The American people won and the president negotiated that victory for them.feedback

They wanted a shutdown. They wanted to make this president look like he couldn't govern.feedback

I think it's great that the Democrats like the bill. We thought it was a really good deal for this administration as well.feedback

We did it on purpose. Not to try and hide the numbers, but to say, Look, this is the first discussion.feedback

I don't think anyone foresees or expects or would want a shutdown. I don't think anybody expects us to roll out bill language on Wednesday.feedback

Yeah, and I think you saw his answer just in your little lead-in, which is: We don't know yet. I don't think anybody is trying to get to a shutdown. A shutdown is not a desired end. It's not a tool. It's not something we want to have. We want our priorities funded. And one of the biggest priorities during the campaign was border security – keeping Americans safe. And part of that was a border wall.feedback

We don't know yet. We are asking for our priorities. The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members. I don't think anybody's trying to get to a shutdown. A shutdown is not a desired end, it's not a tool, it's not something we want to have.feedback

The negotiations are ongoing and there's no reason we can't have an agreement there as early as today.feedback

We are more than happy to talk to the Democrats about some of their priorities but we encourage them to recognize that they are a minority party.feedback

While we do not expect a lapse, prudence and common sense require routine assessments to be made.feedback

This president should be allowed to have his highest priorities funded even though the Democrats rightly have a seat at the table because of the Senate rules. You cannot expect a president who just won election to give up very easily on his highest priority.feedback

No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!feedback

A shutdown is never a desired end and neither is it a strategy. We want wall funding. We want (immigration) agents. Those are our priorities. We know there are a lot of people on the Hill, especially in the Democratic Party, who don't like the wall, but they lost the election. And the president should, I think, at least have the opportunity to fund one of his highest priorities in the first funding bill under his administration.feedback

The president has been quoted several times and said he's inclined not to make them and I can't tell you that I'm interested in dissuading him from that position. That being said, if it's important enough to the Democrats, we'd be happy to talk to them about including that in sort of some type of compromise. If Democrats are interested and serious about compromise and negotiation, the ball is in their court.feedback

You've got to give these Goldman Sachs guys credit. They know how to lever up.feedback

The House can go and do what they want to do. We are going to formulate our own policies.feedback

Yeah, and my guess is he probably didn't know what the Appalachian Regional Commission did.feedback

It's fairly safe to assume that was hyperbole. I'm not going to be able to pay off $20 trillion worth of debt in four years. I'd be being dishonest with you if I said that I could. The reason the president doesn't want to change some of the mandatory spending, is because the public's not ready for it yet. They're ready for economic growth.feedback

There is the overall momentum. We think it's more ability to drive the debate on taxes after we fix health care. So I think generally speaking the plan is trying to do health care first. When you say reciprocal tax, nobody can get angry. Even the other countries, if like – if they're charging you a 50 percent tax, you say, okay, whatever you charge, we're charging.feedback

I told people I wouldn't change that when I ran. And I'm not going to change that. Take that off the list.feedback

I think it probably goes without saying that net, we think we could run the government more efficiently than the previously administration.feedback

One of the reasons this is so difficult to do is you just can't wave a magic wand in the Oval Office and do these things. There will be certain things for which we will need legislative authority.feedback

This does not mean that agencies will be free to hire willy nilly. The executive branch of government has never been rebuilt. There are going to be some places where they have the ability to reduce size immediately and they may be called upon to do that in order to line up with the president's priorities. There may be other places where they don't have that flexibility, and they'll have to figure out a way over the course of time to, through ordinary attrition, to get to where they need to be.feedback

This is a big part of draining the swamp. This is a centerpiece to his campaign. We're hopeful to be able to have congressional buy-in to get some of this accomplished. The president wants to reward good employees. He's a great boss to work for, and he wants to reward people who do a good job.feedback

They're supposed to be educational programs, right? And that's what they're supposed to do. They're supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home get fed so they do better in school.feedback

Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that. There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually helping results, helping kids do better in school.feedback

Well, I think the promise was he wasn't going to affect anybody and we haven't with this budget. Keep in mind what this budget is. This is just the discretionary spending part of the budget, which was a necessary first step. Let me ask you a question: Do you really think that Social Security disability insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security? I don't think so. It's the fastest growing program. It grew tremendously under President Obama. It's a very wasteful program and we want to try and fix that.feedback

I have yet to meet someone who can articulate the negative consequences.feedback

I know the Freedom Caucus. I helped found it. I never thought it would come to this.feedback

Many people may want to lump everything into the Trump rally rubric, but earnings play a far more important role when it comes to the direction of the stock market.feedback

You can blame it on the Freedom Caucus if you want to. But there's also a lot of moderates, Charlie Dent will be on your show in a little bit, who are also against the bill. I think more importantly, we haven't been able to change Washington in the first 65 days. And I think if there's anything that's disappointing and sort of an educational process to the Trump Administration was that this place was a lot more rotten than we thought that it was, and that I thought it was, because I've been here for six years.feedback

We haven't been able to change Washington in the first 65 days. Is the Republican Party capable of governing? I know the man in the White House is capable of governing. I saw it this week.feedback

Is the Republican Party capable of governing? I know the man in the White House is capable of governing. I saw it this week.feedback

Never once have I seen him blame Paul Ryan, so I'm not sure what that was about last night.feedback

What happened is that Washington won. I think the one thing we learned this week is that Washington is a lot more broken than President Trump thought that it was. We haven't been able to change Washington in the first 65 days. And I think if there's anything that's disappointing and sort of an educational process to the Trump administration, was that this place was a lot more rotten than we thought that it was. No, because we've moved on to other things. The people who are to blame are the people who would not vote yes, who would vote no. The folks who voted no are the folks who are to blame.feedback

We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can't ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.feedback

The president has said he wants the vote tomorrow.feedback

This is our moment in time, and the president is insisting on a vote tomorrow one way or another.feedback

Folks watching on television now can go online and read what the bill is. They can watch the committee hearings. Those are things that were dramatically missing in Obamacare.feedback

We are going to get rid of [the EPA] in almost every form.feedback

We won't be able to balance the budget this year but we are working on trying to get it to balance within the 10 year budget window, which is what Republicans in the House, the Senate have traditionally done the last couple of years. We don't know yet. We don't know what health care reform will look like, what it will do to the budget. We don't know what tax reform will look like, will do to the budget. We haven't finished the infrastructure program yet. Those are the really, really big picture items that we won't know more about for a couple months.feedback

I thought it was sort of tongue in cheek. But again, I'm the numbers guy. No, no. Listen, those of us who see and work with the president every day believe him, trust him, have no difficulties like the folks in the press do.feedback

Keep in mind, the administration is different than members of the Hill, the members of the House and the Senate. Every House member, which I used to be, has a constituency. We have a group of people we represent. Senators represent the whole state. There's also a lot of special interests, a lot of lobbying involved. The president's not beholden to any of that. The president represents everybody.feedback

Some of the stories are just either grossly wrong or nearly grossly wrong, all the stories about how we cut Meals on Wheels.feedback

We're getting into that now. By May, I think it's mid-May we're shooting for right now, we'll have that larger budget... We won't be able to balance the budget this year, but we're working on trying to get it to balance within the 10-year budget window, which is what Republicans in the House and the Senate have traditionally done in the last couple of years.feedback

It is a very complicated budget process when your entitlements, your mandatory spending is driving most of your budget deficit. So over the course of the next decade, we'll have to look at the mandatory spending side in order to figure out a way to make changes to the way we spend money.feedback

We're absolutely reducing funding to the U.N. and to various foreign aid programs.feedback

Let's talk about after-school programs generally. They're supposed to be educational programs, right? And that's what they're supposed to do, they're supposed to help kids who can't – who don't get fed at home, get fed so that they do better at school. Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that. There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually helping results, helping kids do better at school.feedback

If you have coverage that doesn't allow you to go to the doctor, what good is it in the first place? ... Democrats took all of this credit for giving people coverage, but ignored the fact that they had created this large group of people that still could not go to the doctor.feedback

We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good. It's fairly compassionate to go to them and say, look, we're not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore.feedback

You're only focusing on half of the equation, right? You're focusing on recipients of the money. We're trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place.feedback

It won't probably come until summer or maybe even early fall.feedback

The C.D.B.G.s have been identified as programs since I believe the first, actually the second Bush administration as ones that were just not showing any results.feedback

I can't go to the autoworker in Ohio and say please give me some of your money so that I can do this program over here someplace else that really isn't helping anybody.feedback

I think the president is fairly straightforward. We're not spending money on that.feedback

The president is absolutely going to keep the promises he made on the campaign trail. This is the discretionary part of the budget, half of which as you know is defense, the other half is everything else... Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we're dodging the issue.feedback

As to the source of funds, that's up to the president, the Treasury and the State Department.feedback

Can I really go to those folks, look them in the eye and say I want to take money from you and I want to give it to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting? That is a really hard sell. And in fact something we don't think we can defend anymore.feedback

We went back and pulled lines from speeches, interviews and turned his words, his policies into numbers.feedback

Can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?feedback

One of the other things the President said was he was going to go after wasteful programs, depleted programs, programs that simply don't work, and a lot of those are in HUD.feedback

You can expect reductions in the EPA that don't line up with the president's view on things like global warming and alternative energies. You will see a reduction in subsidies, a reduction of participation in those types of programs.feedback

This is the America First budget. In fact, we wrote it using the president's own words. We went through his speeches, we went through the articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers. There is no question this is a hard power budget. It's not a soft power budget. The policy is that we're ending federal involvement with the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.feedback

If [Trump] said it on the campaign, it's in the budget.feedback

The president has said he's going to undo the military sequester. This budget does that.feedback

There's no perfect piece of legislation. There's gonna be this framework that's going to be added to or subtracted to during the process, and eventually it's going to pass the House and it's going to pass the Senate.feedback

This is a budget blueprint, not a complete budget.feedback

I would expect that there would have to be reductions in forces at various agencies. I can't imagine how you'd take some of these reductions and don't have a reduction in the workforce, which is exactly what the President talked about. We gave a great deal of flexibility to the secretaries and the agency directors. So how they manage that would be up to them on sort of a case-by-case basis.feedback

We did not write this budget with an eye toward what it would do to the value of your condo.feedback

There's a lot of programs that simply cannot justify their existence and that's where we zeroed in.feedback

The president is going to keep the promises he made regarding those programs.feedback

This budget represents a president who is beholden to nobody but the voters. He is following through on his promises. We did not consult with special interests on how to write this budget. We did not consult with lobbyists on how to write this budget. The president's team wrote this budget and that's what you'll see in the numbers.feedback

Yes, it's a fairly small part of the discretionary budget, but it's still consistent with what the president said. When you see these reductions, you'll be able to tie it back to a speech the president gave or something the president has said previously.feedback

You can't drain the swamp and leave all the people in it. So, I guess the first place that comes to mind will be the Environmental Protection Agency. We're not spending money on that any more. We consider that to be a waste of your money.feedback

You can't drain the swamp and leave all of the people in it. We went to what the president said during the campaign, and we turned those policies into numbers.feedback

The credibility I think I bring to this job is that I believe very firmly in real numbers. My job is to tell the president the truth. My job is to tell you the truth.feedback

We promised at the outset that we were going to repeal all of the taxes.feedback

Coverage is not the end. People don't get better with coverage, they get better with care.feedback

We think we've created a system that saves money and allows more people to get affordable health care. You sit there and talk about coverage, but coverage is not the end. People don't get better with coverage. I don't think we're in a position to start counting votes until we know what that bill looks like.feedback

I don't know if the document exists because I haven't seen it. This is exactly what we thought the CBO would come forward with. They're terrible at counting coverage.feedback

I don't believe the facts are correct.feedback

We already had two committee hearings, which I believe is two more than Obamacare had in the House.feedback

Sometimes we ask them to do stuff they're not capable of doing, and estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn't the best use of their time.feedback

The numbers that I've seen in the first glance is that CBO says the premiums will go down by at least 10 percent.feedback

They're not in the news business; they're not in the business of fixing thing. They're in the business of trying to protect their own self-interests to and to raise money, and that's unfortunate that that's where a lot of folks will get their information.feedback

If the CBO was right about Obamacare to begin with, there'd be 8 million more people on Obamacare today than there actually are.feedback

Just because you spend less money on something doesn't mean it can't get better.feedback

It just depends on the kind of wall that you want to build, and I don't think we've settled yet on the actual construction. So it's a complicated program. I don't know what the answer is on the cost, but we will have one shortly.feedback

We're going to have insurance for everybody. Much less expensive and much better.feedback

That's what we're trying to fix. Not coverage for people, not coverage they can afford, but care they can afford. When they get sick, they can go to the doctor. That's what the Donald Trump plan is working on, and that's where we think it is going to be wildly successful.feedback

We don't solve problems by simply throwing money at them.feedback

But we encourage the House and the Senate to try and make the bill better.feedback

Insurance is not really the end goal here. We're choosing instead to look at what we think is more important to ordinary people: can they afford to go to the doctor.feedback

Insurance is not really the end goal here, is it? We're choosing instead to look at what we think is more important to ordinary people.feedback

We all know it's going to score positive to helping out the deficit, to spending less money. I hear all the talk about the CBO score. The only question about the CBO: Is it going to be really good or is it going to be great when that number finally comes out?feedback

I hear all the talk about the CBO score. The only question about the CBO: Is it going to be really good or is it going to be great when that number finally comes out?feedback

I think we'll actually release the budget a week from today.feedback

What Obamacare did was make insurance affordable, but care impossible to actually afford. The deductibles are simply too high. So folks could say they have full coverage, but they couldn't actually get the medical care they needed when they get sick. We solve that by giving everyone access to health care they can actually afford.feedback

I don't think it's fair to want to compare what we're proposing ... to what Obamacare might have been. You have to compare it to what Obamacare is, and it's a failure. By that comparison, this program is going to be a great success. What people are getting here is access to coverage that they don't have now.feedback

What Obamacare did was make insurance affordable but care impossible to actually afford. ''The deductibles were simply too high. So people could say they have coverage but they couldn't actually get the medical care they needed when they get sick.feedback

What people are getting here is access to coverage.feedback

The budget office has run its own numbers and is.feedback

What Obamacare did was make insurance affordable, but care impossible to actually afford. ''The deductibles were simply too high. So people could say they have coverage but they couldn't actually get the medical care they needed when they get sick.feedback

As soon as the 2018 spending budget is done at the end of next week, I'm hoping to put together something for the president to look at on the other pieces of entitlement spending, or mandatory spending. Some people don't like the word entitlement. I use that simply because are entitled to that under law. It doesn't mean it's, some people misinterpret what that means, but try and lay out for the president what's driving the deficit, and what we can do while still keeping his promise.feedback

Clearly, you can help fix and solve Medicaid as part of this larger Obamacare replacement, right, that the two things are tied together. So if we get Obamacare replacement right, it might also allow us to fix Medicaid. I don't think you're going to see this President have any interest in raising the retirement age anytime soon. But we need to address things like Social Security Disability, which you and I both know is one of the fastest growing and probably one of the most abused mandatory programs in the country.feedback

We are going to propose to reduce foreign aid and we are going to propose to spend that money here. The overriding message is fairly straightforward: less money spent overseas means more money spent here.feedback

It is a true America first budget. It will show the president is keeping his promises and will do exactly what he said he was going to do. It prioritizes rebuilding our military, including restoring our nuclear capabilities, protecting the nation and securing the border, enforcing the laws currently on the books, taking care of vets and increasing school choice.feedback

The No. 1 priority of the United States government is to defend the nation.feedback

We have to figure out why we're always in debt and always in deficit, and the right time to have that is over the debt ceiling.feedback

If you want to know, members of Congress, why you have Donald Trump, go look in the mirror, because we've over-promised and under-delivered for so long.feedback

You could never do that in America – at least not easily.feedback

If you let in the wrong Irishman, the downside is really not that serious. You let in the wrong Syrian refugee – one – and people could die.feedback

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