WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arkansas' 3rd District Congressman Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) is the new chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee.
His committee gets the first opportunity to turn the President’s 2019 budget book into reality.
In next year's budget, President Donald Trump wants to ramp up spending on the military, border security and infrastructure. He wants to scale back Medicaid and Medicare, food stamps and Meals on Wheels.
"Presidents' budgets usually are more of a statement of his priorities," says Rep. Womack.
But that doesn't mean Congress is going to listen.
Rep. Womack says he supports the president's plan for military spending and infrastructure and believes some cuts to social programs are necessary.
"On the president's budget -- the deficits go forever," he says.
Womack says his committee will craft a plan to slow the growth of spending.
Democrats were more blunt about their thoughts on the president's budget.
"This budget is going no place. We all know that," says Rep. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
Democrats say the proposal flies in the face of a bipartisan spending plan the president just signed to increase funding for the military and domestic programs.
Womack admits that making the numbers work -- is a challenge.
"It's my job to lead a committee to doing what we think in the house ought to be done. The senate can do the same thing and then we'll see where we go from there," he says.