President Donald Trump’s proposal for his Cabinet secretaries to cut five percent of their budgets has the support of a Republican representing parts of North Florida in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee and a former vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, noted his strong support for Trump’s proposal on Wednesday night.

“Today the president asked all of his Cabinet secretaries to evaluate their budgets and then cut them by five percent. I applaud this decision and leadership of President Trump,” Yoho posted on Facebook.

“This is long overdue and will start the process of controlling our debt to make America stronger and more secure. There is plenty of room to streamline these federal agencies. I, along with and a Republican Congress are ready and willing to help make this happen,” Yoho added.

First elected to Congress in 2012 in his political debut when he upset longtime U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., in the primary, Yoho has been one of the leading fiscal conservatives in Congress in recent years, even challenging then U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for the gavel and House leadership and pointing to concerns about spending.

Trump has endorsed Yoho for a fourth term. Next month, Yoho faces Democrat Yvonne Hayes Hinson, a former member of the Gainesville City Commission and a retired educator, in the general election. Yoho is expected to prevail in this solidly Republican district. This could be Yoho’s last bid for reelection. Back in 2012, Yoho pledged to serve only four terms in Congress.

Besides serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Yoho, who worked for three and a half decades as a large animal veterinarian, also sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.


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