The Trump administration has released their full 2018 FY Budget proposal, expanding on the requests outlined in March. In addition to drastic funding cuts to the EPA, Planned Parenthood, and the Education Department (effectively diverting funds from public schools to voucher programs), the latest proposal also slashes safety net and anti-poverty programs, a historically severe move that would devastate the lives of millions of low-income families.
The proposed budget includes an $800 billion cut to Medicaid from the AHCA plus an additional $610 billion totally a 47% budget decrease; a $191 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps; as well as cuts to school lunch programs, disability benefits, and domestic abuse assistance programs. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded to the proposal, “This would pull the rug out from so many Americans who need help.” Alongside these harmful and draconian spending cuts, the budget also makes room for major tax cuts to the wealthy.
The administration’s budget proposal will now be taken into consideration by Congress, with the House and Senate Budget Committee holding hearings with agency and department heads and engaging in debate over their own version of a 2018 Budget. Constituents must make it clear to Congress that Trump’s budget strays far from true American values, and that crucial government programs that aid individuals in need of protection and assistance should not be cut just to give tax breaks to millionaires and corporations.
CALL BILLY LONG: 417-889-1800
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
I’m calling to express my serious concerns about Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, and I urge Rep. Billy Long to work to maintain funding for crucial government programs instead of cutting them to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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