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DeLauro Statement on Trump’s 2018 Budget

March 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (March 16, 2017) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding information received on President Trump’s 2018 budget. DeLauro is the Senior Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

“With more than $25 billion in cuts for programs funded by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, the Trump Administration will decimate and eliminate some of our nation’s most critical programs that serve hardworking American families. President Trump continues to work for millionaires and billionaires, not every day Americans, and his cuts for programs that serve America’s middle and working class are an assault to our values.

“President Trump’s cut to energy assistance will end LIHEAP for millions of our nation’s seniors, those with disabilities, and the poor. His cut to NIH funding by approximately $6 billion will turn back the clock on lifesaving biomedical research that has the power to change lives. President Trump’s decision to eliminate the Community Services Block Grant—one of our nation’s must successful tools in helping local communities fight poverty—will hurt many of our main streets. His proposal to cut job training by $2.5 billion at a time when he talks about getting Americans back to work is especially contradictory with his campaign promises. Further, President Trump makes a mind-boggling $4 billion cut to Pell Grants that will put college out of reach for many of our children. And finally, President Trump eliminates some of the funding for the enforcement of our trade agreements, a critical service that ensures that American workers have a fair shot in the global economy.

“Budgets reflect our values and just like we are seeing with the repeal of the ACA, President Trump values the wealthy over poor and working Americans. With this budget, President Trump has truly betrayed the American people, including many of his most ardent supporters. Congress must not enact this budget and we should do all that we can to fight for the most vulnerable Americans, not balance the budget on their backs.”