Washington D.C. – In response to the release of the Trump Administration’s FY2018 Budget Blueprint, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement:
“Since the moment he assumed the Office of the President, Donald Trump has deliberately courted the most extreme elements of the alt-right and conservative movements through cavalier assurances to wreak havoc on government agencies and initiatives without regard for the consequences. He vowed to address the most pressing issues facing communities across the country. Instead, he is dismantling the progress made over the past eight years. To date, his administration has targeted the Environmental Protection Agency, Wall Street regulators, and the safety net programs intended to help people in need. Today, we saw the next dangerous step in his misguided agenda.
“The release of the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget has already prompted numerous calls of concern from my constituents. Not only do they see the harm inherent in this proposal, but they fear for their families’ future in the face of such extreme funding cuts. They recognize that the taxpayer dollars at risk help them secure a roof over their heads, provide women in poverty with access to health care services from Planned Parenthood, and ensure future generations can enjoy Lake Michigan — one of our district’s most prized natural resources. Even our senior citizens may lose out, as the funding supporting the Meals on Wheels program is gutted.
“This budget is symptomatic of an administration with total disregard for our most vulnerable, especially as students in poverty lose out on opportunities for higher education, communities of color suffer the loss of development grants, and working-class families go without the energy assistance programs that keep them warm during the coldest of seasons. Fighting these cutbacks will not be easy, but if we work together, we can enact a budget that protects these programs and provides economic opportunities and healthy outcomes for all Americans.”