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Tuesday, March 05, 2019 6:40 pm

Banks talks budget with Trump

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks said he and other House Republicans met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday to discuss a federal budget proposal.

Banks, R-3rd, is chairman of the Republican Study Committee Budget and Spending Task Force, which will recommend a fiscal 2020 spending plan to the Democratic House.

“Today, I told President Trump of my commitment to work with him to help rein in government spending and put forward a conservative budget. As the Chairman of the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force, I had the opportunity to thank the President for his fiscally conservative leadership and look forward to working with his Administration to do right by the American taxpayer," Banks said in a statement.

Banks said the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of 140 conservative GOP House members, will propose a balanced budget for consideration by the entire House.

The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that the federal budget deficit grew to $310 billion during the first quarter of fiscal 2019, a 77 percent jump from the same period a year earlier.

Banks' office said he was joined at the White House meeting by Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson, R-La., and other chairs of committee task forces.