Press Release ● Congress
For Immediate Release: 
February 27, 2017
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to previews of an outline of the Trump Administration's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget:

“The budget proposals released by the Trump Administration today double-down on the rejection of math, economics, and common sense that made Republican budgets unrealistic and ill-conceived over the last several years.  If President Trump plans to come before Congress tomorrow evening to outline severe cuts to investments in job growth, infrastructure, and education that help Americans get ahead, he should know that he will be met with strong opposition from Democrats.  As has been shown over and over again the past few years, Republicans cannot complete the appropriations process on their own under sequestration’s unrealistic targets.  President Trump will soon learn that funding federal agencies is much easier with bipartisan cooperation.  

“To meet our challenges, not add to them, we must provide all agencies with the necessary resources to ensure we are employing the most effective and efficient tools to keep our country safe.  This Administration should also learn the lessons of the past and invest in foreign aid, an investment that Republican and military leaders, from former President George W. Bush to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, agree is critical to our national security.

“The American people want smart budgets that promote long-term fiscal sustainability and economic opportunity for all, not another example of the bluster and gross mismanagement that this Administration has already made its hallmark.”