Chairman Crowley on President Trump’s Devastating Budget Proposal

May 23, 2017

(Washington, DC) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget:

“President Trump’s budget fails hard-working Americans in every way imaginable.

“This proposal shows that President Trump is in full retreat from his campaign promise to grow and protect the middle class, strengthen the economy, and support working men and women. Robbing Medicaid with a $610 billion cut to the critical health care program that cares for seniors, veterans, children, and the disabled isn’t sound policy for working America – it’s a ploy to boost President Trump’s bottom line and the profits of his billionaire friends. Cutting research programs, destroying investments for job-creating infrastructure, innovation, and clean energy programs, and making college more expensive will hinder economic growth for decades to come. This is simply unacceptable.

“For my home state of New York, President Trump’s budget packs a heavy hit. The $191 billion cut to a program that feeds hungry children will directly harm 41,000 families in my district, and cuts to Medicaid will cause more than 600,000 seniors in New York to face challenges getting the care they need. And eliminating a much-needed program that provides assistance to families and seniors with their home heating bills will hurt more than a million New Yorkers who have trouble staying warm through the winter.

“This is a slash and burn budget, and is yet one more example of how President Trump says one thing but does another. I hope my Republican colleagues will join Democrats in rejecting it and instead work with us to develop a budget that grows our economy, creates jobs, and makes the kind of investments that will strengthen our country and hardworking families everywhere.”