05.23.17

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Budget

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018:

“This budget is reckless, plain and simple.  The President proposes massive cuts to Medicaid, breaking yet another campaign promise.  He seeks to decimate the federal government’s central command in the battle against the opioid crisis affecting communities from Burrillville to Westerly.  He pursues tens of billions of dollars in cuts to student loans and loan forgiveness programs.

“His plan would slash funding for research into life-saving cures; lay waste to endowments that support Rhode Island’s world-class cultural institutions; hamstring the EPA so big polluters can poison our air and water; and weaken NOAA, sapping critical resources for coastal economies like Rhode Island’s.  The list goes on.

“These senseless, irresponsible choices serve one purpose: to pave the way for tax cuts for the very wealthiest.  The good news is that this extremist proposal will go nowhere in the Senate.  I look forward to moving past this political stunt of a budget and working on one the American people will support.”

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