For Immediate Release

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Rejects President Trump’s Wasteful and Immoral Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the release of President Trump’s FY20 budget:

“The federal budget is a moral document. It outlines the values of our nation and spells out what – and who – we see as a priority. Unsurprisingly, the president’s latest budget proposal shows that the well-being of American families is not a priority for him at all.

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“After exploding the deficit and giving trillions of dollars in tax cuts to billionaires and corporations with the GOP tax scam, the president now wants to make billions of dollars in cuts to critical safety net programs – like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – that millions of families and seniors depend on. The budget would dismantle food nutrition assistance programs, federal housing support, and other anti-poverty assistance for low-income families, while proposing billions in wasteful spending on the military and the president’s ineffective and unnecessary border wall. These cuts would have a disproportionate impact on communities and families of color.

“This budget proposal is a moral disgrace. It outlines the contours of a Robin-Hood-in-reverse scheme that takes an axe to crucial social and economic programs that American families depend on in favor of the Pentagon and the president’s outrageous policy agenda. I reject this budget and stand with the American people and with my democratic colleagues in demanding a budget that works For the People, prioritizes American families, and helps them get ahead and stay ahead.”

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a Democrat, represents the 13th District in California.

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