DeLauro Statement on Passage of the House Republican Budget
WASHINGTON, DC (October 5, 2017) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in response to the passage of the House Republicans’ budget for Fiscal Year 2018.
“The House Republican budget that passed today on a party line vote is a stark reminder that Republicans and President Trump are waging a war on the middle class by dismantling the social safety net that keeps so many of our most vulnerable out of poverty. They have abandoned the bipartisan work of Democratic and Republican leaders who built our safety net.
"This budget breaks our promise to American’s seniors, cutting $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid. It decimates SNAP benefits and supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would threaten healthcare coverage for millions of Americans, including those with preexisting conditions. This budget is completely out of touch with the reality American families face every day.
“The biggest economic challenge of our time is that too many people are in jobs that do not pay them enough to live on. Yet this radical Republican budget betrays American workers by cutting job training, education programs, and other non-defense programs by 34 percent over the next 10 years. If Republicans were serious about addressing the challenges faced by working families they would be expanding these vital programs, not cutting them.
“The American people deserve a budget that looks out for them instead of millionaires, billionaires and corporations. A budget that invests in our people and their future would prioritize paid family and medical leave, equal pay for equal work, fair trade, and investments in programs that support the health and wellbeing of our children. Sadly, the Republicans are more concerned with pandering to special interests and lobbyists, and ripping health care away from millions of Americans, than they are with enacting policies that help Americans who are struggling to get by.”
"Plain and simple, this budget would produce radical and untold damage to our country if enacted, shrinking the middle class instead of growing it.”