Leader's Report ● 2019 Budget
For Immediate Release: 
February 16, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
Message from the Democratic Whip

This week, President Trump released his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal that sets up our economy to fail and makes it more difficult for middle-class families to get ahead. After signing a tax bill that explodes the deficit by $1.5 trillion, the President has put forward a budget that doesn’t come close to balancing. In fact, it would add $7 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. This represents yet another broken promise that the President made to the American people.  The document is inefficient, ineffective, and irresponsible and ought to be rejected out of hand by both parties.
President Trump also released an infrastructure proposal that was immediately dismissed as unserious and unrealistic. Building a 21st century infrastructure will create jobs and strengthen America’s competitiveness, but his unrealistic proposal fails to provide sufficient funding and instead relies on states and local governments to foot the bill. There is strong bipartisan support for rebuilding our nation’s roads, bridges, airports, seaports, and rail networks. Both parties ought to work together on compromise legislation that will achieve that goal. 
Finally, I am traveling this weekend on another Make it in America Listening Tour, this time traveling to the Industrial Heartland with stops in Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Indianapolis. This second tour builds on the first listening tour, which went to Las Vegas, Kansas City, and Peoria to hear from Americans about the economic pressures they face, the economic initiatives that have worked in their communities, and how Congress can help ensure all Americans can make it in America. I am looking forward to hearing directly from Americans about how Democrats can address their hopes and concerns. I hope you will follow my travels on social media with the hashtags #MakeItInAmerica #ListeningTour.

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer
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