For Immediate Release
Trump Budget Disregards Science, Puts Public Health, Innovation at Risk, Science Group Says
WASHINGTON - President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget is a deeply unjust budget that would disproportionately harm poor and working class Americans, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The budget would impose massive cuts on health, environmental and safety net programs. It also would gut federal research in the energy, climate science and medical fields.
“At the USDA, it’s difficult to overstate just how egregious the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would be. They would create suffering and hunger for millions of people—people in rural and urban America from every racial and ethnic background.
“Similarly, a 17 percent cut to the CDC is a significant hit to our nation's premiere disease prevention agency, just as cuts to workplace safety and research programs would put our nation’s workforce at risk.
“These proposed cuts clearly reflect the administration’s continued assault on our public protections, particularly for our most vulnerable populations and communities. Congress should do the right thing and put the public interest first. We cannot afford to play Russian roulette with our health.”
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