For Immediate Release: Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, [email protected] (202) 339-9331
Trump’s Budget Takes Direct Aim at Families to Pay for Tax Cuts to the Rich
Safety Net Programs Will Be Slashed Under Hateful Budget Plan
(WASHINGTON)—President Trump will pay for the $1.5 trillion tax cut he’s giving to the wealthiest of Americans by making families struggling to get by suffer by slashing key programs like Medicaid and SNAP.
“Trump has shown complete disregard for families in this budget and if approved, will reap nothing but unprecedented misery for the majority of Americans,” said Center for Community Change Action President Dorian Warren. “Trump’s budget blueprint lays out the Republican vision for the future and that vision includes dismantling our safety net to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.”
The budget’s misery starts with hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to programs like SNAP, Medicaid and Medicare, which will make it extremely hard for families to take their sick kids to the doctor and put food on the table. SNAP alone would be cut by over $213 billion (or nearly 30 percent) over 10 years.
The budget also resurrects another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And it includes creating barriers to accessing critical safety net programs, such as work requirements, instead of focusing on making sure families have access to the services they need, and jobs with family supporting wages. Further, Trump’s budget would continue to devastate immigrant communities by militarizing the southern border and the construction of an absurd wall.
“The Trump administration should be focusing on creating more good jobs so that families can save for the future and provide for their families,” Warren said. “Instead, this administration has decided that working families should be sent the bill for the tax cuts earmarked for the wealthiest of Americans.”
“Every member of Congress should stand up and denounce this budget for what it is—a blatant attempt to destroy working families,” Warren said. “CCCA and its partners will fight hard to protect the communities and the families we serve. Budgets are a moral document and this one is as immoral as they come by completely punishing Americans struggling to feed their families and see doctors.”