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Congressional Progressive Caucus Leaders Respond to Trump's FY18 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) andRep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Member Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after President Trump unveiled his disastrous Federal Budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY2018).

“President Trump’s budget is a catastrophe for American workers and families. His reckless cuts to everything from Meals on Wheels, to Social Security and critical job training programs will cause people across the country to lose their livelihoods. The real winners of Trump’s budget are CEOs, defense contractors, and big corporations while seniors, students, teachers, and rural communities lose out.

“Trump’s budget benefits the wealthy over people aspiring to be in the middle class. He cuts the safety net for working families to give a massive tax break to the wealthy and big corporations and to inflate our military spending by more than $570 billion. The Trump Budget will take away health care from millions of elderly and children, leave working families without access to food and cut Social Security for those with disabilities. Americans are facing a pivotal moment: the President has proposed massive cuts to programs that support public schools, affordable health care, clean air and water, and family-sustaining jobs. Together, we must resist this harmful path.  

“Americans deserve a budget that promotes our values and priorities. The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance provides the only Democratic alternative to Trump’s budget. It invests in priorities that matter to working families: infrastructure projects that create jobs, education funding to help our kids reach their full potential; and access to affordable health care. The People’s Budget protects our communities and our planet with a $2 trillion investment to transform our country’s infrastructure and funds universal child care. In order to make these bold and necessary investments, The People’s Budget closes tax loopholes that corporations use to ship jobs overseas, and stops CEOs from receiving millions in tax-free bonuses. The People’s Budget tackles inequality through fair tax rates for all Americans, leveling the playing field for working people.

“We urge Congressional Leaders to oppose the Trump Budget which will harm millions of Americans and encourage them to adopt The People’s Budget, a budget that commits itself to American families and has been endorsed by over 100,000 Americans and over 60 organizations. You can see the full People’s Budget here.”

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus, with over 70 members standing up for progressive ideals in Washington and throughout the country. Since 1991, the CPC has advocated for progressive policies that prioritize working Americans over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, and promote civil liberties. The CPC champions progressive policy solutions like comprehensive immigration reform, a $15 national minimum wage, fair trade, gun violence reform, debt-free college, and making the federal government a Model Employer.

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