‘What’s Next, Cancer Research?’: Senior WH Official Speculates About GOP Spending Cuts In Unhinged Monologue
Shalanda Young, director of the Office Of Management and Budget (OMB), speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, March 23, 2023. The Treasury secretary said that regulators would be prepared for further steps to protect deposits if warranted, in new language that differs from her prepared remarks to the Senate a day earlier.
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A senior Biden administration official spent her time in the White House briefing room speculating on what specific programs or funding Republicans might be willing to cut — and with no pushback from the reporters in attendance, she claimed they’d cut veterans’ benefits and cancer research.

Shalanda Young, who is currently serving as Biden’s director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), took the lectern on Thursday and began to rant about Republicans just wanting to cut spending without really thinking or caring about where the funding they were cutting was going to go.


“Something tells me, those toplines in that bill, there are many Republicans who could not vote for bills that actually told the American people by line item what it means,” Young began, arguing that Republicans wanted to pass a bill that would “cut spending” without being forced to admit which spending might be cut.

“We’ve talked a lot about veterans, and people get nervous about those veterans cuts, and they decide not to do that,” she continued, “What’s next, cancer research? You zero out the highway money in the transportation bill?”

Young went on to say that it was just business as usual, claiming, “We’ve done this before. Republicans have done this before. … Because those cuts hurt communities whether you’re represented by a Democrat or a Republican.”

She went on to say that people should withhold judgment until the appropriations process had time to work so that people could see where the money was going before they voted to cut any of it.


As the debt ceiling fast approaches — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned the United States could default as early as June — Democrats have been adamant about passing a clean bill to raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) submitted his own proposal, which includes spending cuts to a number of the Biden administration’s green energy initiatives — and in the days since, Democrats have worked overtime to claim that McCarthy’s proposal would result in nothing short of disaster.

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