Congressman Nadler Blasts Trump Budget as "Absurd"

Mar 16, 2017 Issues: Trump, Jobs, Labor and the Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s budget proposal:

“This so-called “skinny budget” from President Trump is absurd and shows his Administration’s true priorities.  

“This budget completely eliminates Community Development Block Grants, which help working families stay in safe, affordable housing and supports programs like Meals on Wheels that provide food to the sick and elderly. The Trump budget would also eliminate programs to help low-income and older Americans afford heat in winter.

“The Trump budget cuts the Environmental Protection Agency which would make our communities sicker, cutting off all funding for alternative energy sources and Clean Power Plant rules that reduce emissions.

“The Trump budget would also slash 20 percent from the National Institutes of Health, dramatically undercutting the federal government’s support of life-saving scientific research and ceding American leadership in biomedical advancement.

“Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump takes the lazy route of completely ending funding for arts and humanities programs and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which make up less than 0.01 percent of the federal budget, not to save money, but as part of an ideological obsession with ending federal support for the arts and culture.

“Furthermore, the Trump budget frivolously ramps-up military spending in a chauvinistic show of force that won’t make our country any safer and may well provoke friend and foe alike.  It makes devastatingly unrealistic cuts to the State Department, which would cripple our diplomatic efforts to prevent and solve conflicts peacefully thereby reducing the need for military force. 

“Everyone should oppose this budget, which doesn’t even achieve Republicans’ long-stated goal of deficit reduction, but does threaten the lives of every single American.

“It’s time to wake up to the malignant lies of the Trump Administration before he turns this country into an autocratic state that sacrifices the health, safety, and security of American families in favor of an agenda fueled by nationalist propaganda.”