WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Vice Ranking member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s latest budget proposal:
“There is only one way to describe the Trump budget – cruel. It pulls the rug out from under people who are already struggling to make ends meet.
“Simply put this is a $54 billion assault on Americans living on the brink. This budget proposal continues the trend of transferring taxpayer dollars into the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of our nation’s working families. It attacks women’s health care by defunding Planned Parenthood, destroys Medicaid, cuts funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and guts nutrition assistance programs that help families put food on their tables. This budget continues down the path of tearing apart families by proposing funding for a billion dollar border wall, and it neglects the health and safety of everyone by making a 31 percent cut to EPA funds that keep our air and water clean.
“A budget is a statement of our values. My values and the values of the people of Washington’s 7th District could not be more different from those expressed in this proposal. I believe our budget should invest in jobs and opportunities for working families who are desperately in need of support. This budget, in total contradiction to the populist platform that the President campaigned on, does exactly the opposite. It guts investments in working people to give tax cuts to the wealthy. That’s just wrong. As a member of the House Budget Committee, I am determined to fight against this budget and protect our communities from harm.”