The budget blueprint released by President Trump confirmed many Americans worst fears. Building off of the promises he made during the campaign, Trump’s budget plans for a $54 billion dollar funding increase to the military, with corresponding cuts in other federal agencies. Exact dollar amounts have yet to be released, but the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency will see their budgets slashed dramatically.
While Trump has promised not to cut Social Security or Medicare, there are other social welfare programs that have no guarantees. Healthcare for veterans, food stamps, public health agencies, public education (to name a few) would face drastic cuts. In addition, Trump has pledge to cut all foreign aid, which comprises around less than 1% of the federal budget. And he wants to do all this while lowering taxes on the richest Americans.
But just because Trump wants it doesn’t make it so. The House and Senate still have to approve a budget. That is where you come in. Make the call today to tell your Senator you will not stand for an unfair budget that gives a tax break to the wealthy while hurting the rest of America.
Reject President Trump's removal of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Have you ever gone to sleep shivering in your own home? Going without
heat due to financial constraints is a reality for millions of
Americans. Thankfully, a government program called LIHEAP,
or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps these families with
energy costs to keep them safe in cold weather. But President Trump’s
budget would cut this program entirely. That means millions people would have to choose between buying food, or keeping the heat on.
Don't sacrifice clean water to give the military a raise
President Trump’s proposed budget would increase military spending by $54 billion dollars. This unneeded increase would come at the expense of vital federal programs, including the Rural Water and Environmental Program (WEP).
Proposed cuts to the State Homeland Security Program put us all in danger
President Trump ran on a platform of making America “safe again.” But his proposed cuts to the State Homeland Security Program make that seem like an empty campaign promise. Our states and localities must be prepared to deal with unforeseen events that could harm Americans. Whether the threat is terrorism or natural disasters, it is the government’s job to keep people out of harm’s way, and, if that fails, to help communities recover from tragedy.
"I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next."That’s what President Trump told reporters last Friday when the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare failed. While President Trump hasn’t released an official tax plan yet, the tax reform he discussed during the campaign has major consequences for Americans.
President Trump’s proposed budget includes plans to cut $6 billion in federal housing support from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
These cuts could leave thousands of families in every state homeless or without access to affordable housing. Trump’s plan would also cut HUD’s community assistance program, which supports parks, social services, and disaster relief.
President Trump released his executive budget, and while it fulfills his campaign promises, it is going to make life harder for many Americans. Trump has proposed increasing funding for the military by $54 billion dollars. Instead of raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for this, Trump is asking that other federal agencies, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, cut their budgets dramatically.