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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters: Why Does Trump Keep Attacking Working Families?

May 24, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2017

Contact: Twaun Samuel or Rykia Dorsey

Phone: (202) 225-2201

 

Congresswoman Waters: Why Does Trump Keep Attacking Working Families?

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion FY 2018 budget proposal, which he unveiled to the United States Congress yesterday:

“I am appalled by Donald Trump’s continued attacks on millions of working families across the United States – including his most diehard supporters in rural and underserved communities – who would be utterly devastated by his proposed budget. Like so much of what we’ve come to understand about this President, all of his pledges last year to preserve and protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the social safety net that has protected our nation’s seniors were lies.  Between his efforts to fast-track healthcare repeal and the budget proposal the White House released yesterday, it is clear Trump’s top priority is to advance tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires such as those populating his Cabinet and the upper ranks of his Administration. Those who thought that Donald Trump was going to fight for jobs, infrastructure, and affordable health coverage for all are in for a rude awakening.

“Donald Trump’s budget makes drastic cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance, a critical part of the Social Security system that provides benefits to workers who become disabled after years of paying Social Security taxes on their earnings.  The budget cuts a staggering $610 billion from Medicaid over the next ten years; and that is on top of the already devastating Medicaid cuts included in the Republican health bill, which were in excess of $800 billion. It cuts the National Institutes of Health by more than $7 billion – a cut of almost one-fifth of the agency’s budget – leaving medical researchers unable to find new treatments for life-threatening diseases like diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Trump’s budget is especially cruel to rural communities. It cuts nearly $50 billion over ten years from farm subsidies – some of the deepest cuts in 30 years – and slashes the Department of Agriculture’s budget by 21 percent. It slashes the Highway Trust Fund by nearly $100 billion over ten years, endangering safety on dilapidated roads and bridges in urban and rural communities alike and cutting important infrastructure investments, which Trump had promised to expand.

“This budget will have a devastating impact on working families with children.  It slashes $190 billion from nutritional assistance for hungry children and families.  It robs students of $143 billion in student loans and financial aid over ten years, while cutting a staggering $9 billion from education for public school students in fiscal year 2018 alone.  It will slash $40 billion from the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, which reduce the taxes of hard-working American families, while giving massive tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires like Donald Trump himself.

“A president’s budget is the blueprint of a president’s priorities and values, and Donald Trump’s budget makes it glaringly clear that he does not care about hard-working Americans and their families.”

 

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