Rush Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018:
“President Trump is waging an all-out attack on the families and individuals who voted him into office. ‘A New Foundation for American Greatness’ is a budget proposal that cuts deeply into programs for the poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments. My constituents are in need of many of the services and programs that Trump intends to severely reduce or eliminate. These funding cuts would create gaping holes in services to the needy and exacerbate existing budget woes in the State of Illinois.
“The President plans to slash more than $800 billion from Medicaid in addition to removing $192 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), essentially leaving thousands of children to go hungry in American households receiving assistance. The budget will also slice $272 billion overall from welfare programs and cut $72 billion from disability benefits.
“Trump would eliminate loan programs that subsidize college education for the poor and those who take jobs in government or nonprofit organizations. His budget proposal uses language such as ‘encourage those individuals dependent on the government to return to the workforce’ which undermines millions of Americans who go to work every day, but cannot make ends meet.
“The budget eliminates the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), a broad-based block grant that helps families and individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency by keeping parents and children together and preventing institutionalization. Relatedly, the budget reduces a portion of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant by 10 percent. This would leave the State of Illinois on the hook for programs that lose funding.
“Finally, the budget would eliminate (1) LIHEAP, a federal program that prevents utility companies from disconnecting service to families in need, (2) cost of living increases for Social Security recipients and (3) funding for analysis and mapping of flood risks. All of these proposed budget cuts would place Illinois and other states under the weight of a tremendous financial burden.
“We need a President who will fight for middle- and working-class families. Americans are hurting and President Trump’s budget seeks to further increase the burgeoning financial despair among the nation’s neediest families.”