Republican majorities in the House and Senate had a decidedly unenthusiastic response to President Trump's budget plan, even though it was the first budget from a GOP president they've seen in eight years.
Trump's budget achieves many of the goals Republicans have set out for years, including cutting spending, balancing the budget and boosting national defense. But with those plans comes the stark reality of making deep and unpopular cuts to domestic programs.
"It's refreshing to see a budget proposed by a president that actually balances," said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. "But, it also points out the tough choices to get there to protect our security, grow our economy and reduce spending."
That's one of the reasons why Republicans gave the same kind of cold shoulder to Trump's budget that they gave to all the budgets President Obama submitted to Congress.
"There's an old adage in Washington," said Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J. "The president proposes and Congress disposes."
That's another way of saying Trump's budget, which would spend $4.1 trillion in 2018 and balance the budget in a decade, appears destined for the congressional trash bin. The proposal includes significant cuts to Medicaid and other safety net programs. It would also impose work requirement for food stamps recipients.
"That is certainly a part of the budget with which I disagree," said Lance, a GOP centrist.
Federal departments and agency budgets would be reduced by billions of dollars, impacting programs from the Green Climate Fund to the the NASA Office of Education. Trump's budget would also slash spending for Community Service Block Grants and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The most conservative House Republicans praised the plan, which would still allow total federal spending to increase, although at a slower pace.
"The request sent to Congress by the White House marks a bold and decisive shift away from excessive spending habits of Washington," said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va.
Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said the budget blueprint authored by the Trump administration "actually recognizes that Washington has to live within its means and we have to create economic growth so families can finally be part of the American dream."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has written budget proposals that balance the budget but included more entitlement reform than Trump's plan, acknowledged the House would write its own budget.
"But at least we have common objectives — Grow the the economy, balance the budget," Ryan said of the Trump proposal. "So we are now on that common ground."
Spending cuts, however, kept rank and file Republicans from offering anything more tan tepid praise for Trump's plan, even as they admired it for balancing the budget in a decade, implementing pro-growth tax cuts and reducing federal spending.
"Those are good goals," said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. But Toomey would not endorse any of Trump's cuts, which would hit Pennsylvania residents directly.
Pennsylvania in fiscal 2017 received about $200 million in federal funds for LIHEAP, which provides cash benefits to pay the heating bills of people and families earning up to 150 percent of the poverty level.
"A president's budget is sort of a set of goals," Toomey said when asked about the spending cuts. "That doesn't become legislation."
Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C. said he wasn't even considering the Trump plan. More than 15 percent of South Carolina residents use Medicaid, one of the programs on the Trump Budget chopping block that would be impacted by a $600 billion reduction in federal spending over the next decade.
"It's a good policy statement," Scott said. "Like a press release. I don't think anyone is going to focus on the president's budget to decide how we create our own budget. I'm not overly concerned with the president's budget at all."
While Trump's budget landed with a thud, it's at least in good company. The Senate overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's budget proposals, which increased federal spending and did not balance the budget.
Obama's 2016 budget proposal received a 99-1 vote in the Senate, for example. And neither the House nor the Senate passed President George W. Bush's proposals in the four years the GOP controlled both chambers during his presidency.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that this is the way is usually goes for all presidential budgets.
"The president's budget as we all know is a recommendation," he said. "I didn't engage in a ringing endorsement of President Bush's budget, either."