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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning in response to President Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018:
“While glaringly short on detail, today’s release by the Trump Administration of its discretionary budget proposals makes clear what we suspected to be true: a Trump budget would embark on the most radical disinvestment in America we’ve ever seen. The President talks a great deal about jobs, but he is asking Congress to cut funding for programs with a proven track record of growing our middle class. It presents a massive 22% cut to research in medical cures at the National Institutes of Health and hamstrings our ability to protect our air and water. This budget shortchanges American workers, researchers, families, rural communities, students, and patients and will reverse years of progress that have created the longest sustained jobs expansion on record.
"We must provide the necessary resources to defend our nation, but we must not shortchange investments in diplomacy and foreign aid - both critical to maintaining our national security. This budget proposal would put America at risk by dramatically cutting our commitment to these crucial national security tools by nearly a third.
“Furthermore, asking the American people to pay billions for the construction of a border wall in this budget is a non-starter. Not only does it break a promise President Trump made on the campaign trail that taxpayers would not have to pay for such a wall, it will also not do anything to make us safer or fix our broken immigration system.
“Our budgets ought to reflect the challenges we face, and this budget proposal fails spectacularly in that regard. With the same unstudied flourish we have come to expect from this administration, we have been presented a budget that stands no chance of being implemented. Democrats, and I suspect many rational Republicans, will refuse to sit back and watch America take itself apart piece by piece. I hope Democrats and Republicans in Congress can work together to address our immediate and our long-term needs in the coming months in a real and responsible way.”