WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and leading voice in Congress working to strengthen anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs, released the following statement on the 2018 White House Budget proposed by President Trump.
“This White House is immoral and Trump’s budget proves it. This budget makes some of the deepest cuts to federal programs that help America’s most vulnerable families. Just two months after giving tax cuts to his billionaire friends, President Trump is attacking our country’s poorest families by gutting life-changing programs that help them put food on the table and provide for their children.
“President Trump may have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but many Americans have to work long hours doing backbreaking work just to get by. With the heartless cuts to SNAP – our country’s premier anti-hunger program – President Trump will be taking food out of the mouths of millions of families desperately working to escape poverty. Cutting more than $200 billion from SNAP that helps to feed millions of families every year and completely eliminating the McGovern-Dole food aid program that feeds millions around the world, is the lowest of lows.
“Trump promised to protect Medicare and Medicaid on the campaign trail, but this budget makes dangerous cuts to these programs that will threaten healthcare access for millions of seniors and struggling families.
“This budget is a cruel slap in the face of these hardworking families and one of the most immoral things I’ve seen come from this White House. If Speaker Ryan and House Republicans try to pass this obscene budget, they should be ready for one hell of a fight.”