Members and Advocates Oppose to Trump Budget Cut of $839 Billion Budget in Federal Funding that Assists Poor
On May 24, 2017, House Democrats rallied and held a press conference on Capitol Hill to oppose the Trump Budget recently released federal budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 18. President Trump’s $4.1 trillion spending plan includes $839 billion in cuts to federal funding that assists the poor, disabled, and elderly.
Speaking at the event were:
- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),
- Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD),
- Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA),
- Al Green (D-TX),
- Pramila Jayapal (D-WA),
- Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and
- John Yarmuth (D-KY).
Additional speaker sat the event included leaders from:
- PICO National Network,
- the Center for American Progress,
- the Leadership Conference,
- American Federation of Federal, State, County and Munincipal Employees (AFSCME),
- the National Women’s Law Center,
- Indivisible, and
Rallying to the chant “hands off,” speakers addressed the breadth of programs, communities, and individuals that would be negatively impacted by the severe cuts included in Mr. Trump’s proposal.
“I have never seen a budget so devoid of compassion for struggling families,” Ms. Lee stated.
Ms. Pelosi said that the administration’s budget proposal “undermines the strength and the possibility and the stability of our country” and called on her colleagues in Congress to “just tear this thing up.”
Bishop Dwayne Royster, political director of PICO, stated that the budget proposal “represents a continued transfer of wealth from the poorest people to a handful of the wealthiest people.”
Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, commented that the budget proposal “is immoral and unprecedented in its cruelty to vulnerable people.”
Would you like to use your voice to share your concern about President Trump’s drastic cuts to critical U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Medicaid funding?
Join us in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 26 for the Congressional Reception.
The theme will be “No Cuts to Housing.” Cuts are hurting our communities that serve low-income families, the homeless and those with special needs and the proposed cuts provide further and dangerous cuts.
As e reported last week – Trump’s Budget Slams NJ More Than Most States on Medicaid.