Trump Budget Hurts Struggling Families and Communities

The President’s newly unveiled budget slashes funding for critical programs that serve low- and moderate-income people. It is an outrageous betrayal of the millions of regular Americans who have been struggling to make ends meet and have been left behind in the economic recovery.

This budget shows yet again that Trump’s vision for the country is fundamentally misguided, cynical, and dark. His budget drastically shifts resources to defense spending and immigration enforcement (including building the wall on our Southern border) and away from investments in people that improve their economic prospects and strengthen communities.

The President proposes to slash funds for critical programs such as housing assistance, student aid, job training, community economic development, and programs to ensure worker safety and the enforcement of fair pay laws for workers. Trump’s budget eliminates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program that helps families and seniors heat their homes. It ends the Legal Services Corporation that provides access to our civil justice system for low-income people who need legal representation to deal with housing, family, consumer, and similar legal issues.

If these cuts stand, the consequences will be dire. Students will be less able to afford college or to get a decent education; low-wage workers will be threatened with dangerous workplaces, unfair labor practices, and reduced opportunities for job training and advancement; low-income people will find it more difficult to pay their rent, heat their homes, and put food on the table; and community well-being will be undermined.

This budget and the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with its huge tax cuts for the wealthy and health coverage cuts for millions, which Trump supports, unconscionably skew our country’s priorities to those at the top, at the expense of low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

This budget must not prevail. Demand that we invest in our people, our communities, and our future. Let your voice be heard.