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Jim Banks addresses national budget, explains voting against shutdown deal

The new budget President Donald Trump signed Friday doesn't solve the deficit problem.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 9:44 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 9:47 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The national debt continues to grow, reaching more than $22 trillion last week.

The new budget President Donald Trump signed Friday doesn't solve the deficit problem.

That's why congressman Jim Banks was one of 109 House Republicans who voted against budget.

"The last thing I could do is hold my nose and vote for a spending bill that didn't reign in federal spending and find ways to reform government spending," Banks said.

Trump signed the bill to avoid another government shutdown.

The largest debate on the budget was around funding a barrier at the U.S. - Mexico border.

Congress approved $1.3 billion of the $5 billion Trump was requesting.

"It tied the President's hands on what he could do related to border security. It put mandates on the President on how he could build the wall," said Banks.

Trump also signed an emergency declaration while signing the budget.

This is so he can use military funds for the barrier on the southern border.

Banks said there's other ways to get the wall built.

"I don't like it. I understand the President was backed into a corner because Nancy Pelosi refused to budge in the negotiations," said Banks.

The budget passed last week also spends more money in other areas.

Banks said he's trying to bring Hoosier common sense to the issue, especially since Indiana voters approved a balanced budget amendment in November.

"I want to be the type of legislator on behalf of this district that sends me there to be different and to advocate for less spending and address the debt," Banks said.

The current budget goes through the fiscal year, ending September 30.

So come October, there is a potential for another government shutdown.

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