Adams Statement on Trump Budget Request
Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the administration announced their proposed budget for FY 2018.
“This budget proposal is awful. It’s the most conservative we’ve ever seen and it’s not reflective of our nation’s growing needs,” said Congresswoman Adams.
“It discards crucial investments in our community by eliminating TIGER grants, which are critical to fulfilling the 2030 Mecklenburg County Transit System plan, and does away with the Community Development Block Grant, used to fund vital programs that help local governments provide affordable housing and spur economic development.
“In Mecklenburg County we have a serious upward mobility issue. This budget would make it harder to overcome by abolishing workforce development programs that close the skills gap, slashing our nation’s commitment to public pre-k with a $9 billion dollar cut, and decimating student financial aid by cutting $143 billion making college less affordable for the nearly 100,000 students in Mecklenburg County.
“To make matters worse, this proposal puts our children and seniors at risk by stealing $610 billion from Medicaid, jeopardizing access to healthcare for the nearly 2 million North Carolinians enrolled in the program, and cuts $191 billion from SNAP, leaving CMS students and families to go hungry.
“This budget is a statement of priorities and President Trump has made his clear: corporations will benefit while hardworking American families are left to fend for themselves.”
Included in the President’s budget proposal are:
- $610 billion in cuts to Medicaid
- $191 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps feed nearly 44 million people-including kids—every year
- $143 billion from federal student loans, including the elimination of federally subsidized loans and loan forgiveness programs for nurses, police officers, and teachers
- $100 billion from the Highway Trust Fund
- $48 billion cut from Social Security’s disability program
- $40.4 billion in cuts to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit
- $38 billion from Farm bill programs, including a cap on crop insurance premium subsidies
- $7 billion cut from the National Institutes of Health
- A $9 billion cut to public pre-k in FY 2018
- 28 percent cut to the State Department
- 31.4 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- 20.5 percent cut to the Department of Agriculture