NC Budget and Tax Center, Trump Administration

Initial responses to Trump’s budget: ‘This budget isn’t worthy of the American people’

[Note: Yesterday, ahead of the White House unveiling of President Trump’s 2018 fiscal year budget we released a blog on What to expect in Trump’s 2018 budget (and what it means to North Carolina) and a blog on the “Significant positive impacts” under ‘The People’s Budget’.]

On Tuesday President Trump released the first full budget proposal of his presidency. Various national organizations have already released statements on Trump’s proposed budget and the consensus is loud and clear: President Trump’s budget is not good for the American people and relies on various assumptions that are highly unlikely to occur.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities stated:

“President Trump’s new budget should lay to rest any belief that he’s looking out for the millions of people the economy has left behind.  He proposes steep cuts in basic health, nutrition, and other important assistance for tens of millions of struggling, low- and modest-income Americans, even as he calls for extremely large tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest people and profitable corporations … This budget isn’t worthy of the American people, and it betrays the millions of struggling Americans who placed their hopes in Donald Trump.”

The Center for American Progress stated:

“The president’s budget release shows that Trump isn’t even trying to conceal his true motives: huge tax cuts for the richest Americans and big corporations, all to be shouldered by middle- and working-class Americans. Health care, public schools, affordable housing, medical research, Pell grants, on-the-job training for workers, and even Meals on Wheels are all on the chopping block—all so that the president and congressional Republicans can deliver enormous tax cuts to their wealthy supporters and Trump himself … . Nothing in this budget is designed to create good-paying jobs or raise wages. The economic vision outlined in this budget betrays the vast majority of Americans who work hard to support their families, and it’s critical that people see once and for all whose side this president is on.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics stated:

“The Fiscal Year 2018 budget released today by the White House disproportionately harms children. The cuts included in this budget to programs like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and tax credits for low-income families are so wide-reaching and extreme that the programs would be unable to function as safety nets at all, leaving millions of individuals, including children, without any option for vital services like health care and nutrition.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics rejects any proposal that would roll back progress for children and leave vulnerable families worse off, and that’s exactly what the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget would do. When it comes to federal spending decisions, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ message to the White House and Congress is clear: put children first.”

The Coalition on Human Needs stated:

“Members of Congress should rise up to reject the bleak and dangerous vision in President Trump’s budget.  Its massive denial of help to people struggling to provide for their children, people with disabilities, and millions who need health care and food would set our nation back incalculably.

“In so many ways, this budget breaks promises and deceives about its true impact.  It disinvests in America.  The basic living standards that everyone needs – enough food, health care, and housing – are shredded, not strengthened.  Crippling Medicaid by over $1 trillion in cuts will leave many millions of people without health coverage.  Untreated health problems will make it harder for people to work.  Cutting nearly $200 billion from food assistance will make millions of people hungrier, with especially damaging consequences for children.  We have decades of evidence that SNAP/food stamps helps children to do better in school, to be healthier, and to earn more as adults.  The Trump budget would recklessly undermine that progress.

“For those who thought the budget would provide investments to create jobs, that promise is broken.  Cutting trillions of dollars from needed services will slow our economy.  Education cuts will make it harder for people to qualify for good jobs….Around the nation, Americans must remind our elected officials that we can only make progress through research, education, infrastructure rebuilding, secure public health, and strong communities. This budget turns its back on these commitments, and generations of our people will suffer if its bleak vision is not rejected.”

As we stated yesterday, “based on the President’s proposal and the potential support for cuts to vital programs from Congress, it is critical that North Carolinians and North Carolina policymakers writing our state budget consider the ways which the federal budget could play out in our communities. It is clear that across a range of areas North Carolina will be hampered from achieving a stronger economy and thriving communities if the proposed direction in federal budgeting moves forward.”

Luis A. Toledo is a Public Policy Analyst for the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center.

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