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Van Hollen Slams Trump Budget

February 10th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal:

“President Trump’s proposed budget is an assault on hard-working middle-class families, senior citizens, and those struggling to get by. It guts healthcare programs, slashes educational programs and student loans, and shreds the social safety net – all to pay for his tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations. It is a non-starter. 

“The President has launched an all-out attack on health care – just days after promising to maintain the benefits and protections hundreds of millions of children, seniors, and people with disabilities or pre-existing conditions count on. The cuts to Medicaid alone amount to almost $1 trillion. The American people are catching on – he says one thing in his tweets and State of the Union address, and then does the opposite in the fine print of his budget.

“These drastic cuts to programs like nutrition assistance to those in need – which averages $256 a month per family – are being made to pay for the Trump tax scam, which continues to give millionaires an average windfall of $70,000 per year.

“We can’t allow this to be the first generation of Americans whose kids have a lower standard of living than their parents. A budget isn’t just numbers, it’s a vision for our nation’s future. If we want to fix and build our roads, rails, and trails; clean up our waters and improve air quality; give our kids a world-class education and our seniors a dignified retirement; and provide quality, affordable health care to every American, then Congress must reject the President’s budget.

“Trump’s budget provides $45 billion to subsidize private schools, while cutting public education programs and college student loans. Devastating education cuts would provide fewer resources to those who need them most – like kids who need afterschool programs, school counseling, and community schools; and students at institutions like the University of Maryland, where 41 percent of undergrads depend on financial aid.

“Chopping another 26 percent from an already lean Environmental Protection Agency would imperil efforts to clean up environmental hazards, let polluters run amok, and slash funding to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

“Deficits and debt have only gotten worse under the Trump Administration because of tax cuts for the rich and unrealistic growth assumptions that have already been proved false. This budget is more of the same, and the ever-more magical math in the Trump budget is a farce that our children and grandchildren will have to pay for.

“The Senate must come together, in a bipartisan way, to craft a real budget that works for America’s families. As a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees, I will continue to work across the aisle to do better for Marylanders and all Americans.”

7 Responses to “Van Hollen Slams Trump Budget”

  1. February 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm, mac said:

    Unfortunately, for us, everything Senator Van Hollen is saying is true. Numbers don’t lie and you can’t spin it to sound like it’s a good thing for the average working, or hope to find work, American.

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  2. February 10, 2020 at 4:10 pm, VERNON LOWERY said:

    All false news again. How can democrats complain about anything when they are the ones to tear this country down while running the debt up. now stop and take a good long look at what TRUMP has done and will get done in four more years

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    • February 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm, mac said:

      > There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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      • February 10, 2020 at 5:57 pm, Jay said:

        We are at war with the truth, the biggest casualty of this administration.

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  3. February 10, 2020 at 5:55 pm, jim said:

    I support this. Allow these social programs to be what they are supposed to be, a safety net. Only those in dire circumstances get to use them. As it stands, the money going to these programs is abused and wasted. Cut them heavy!Get a job folks.

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  4. February 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm, Hank said:

    Jay are you kidding? I suppose you think Obama always the truth lmao! Please 99.5% of all politicians lie for their own self interest. Please don’t be so naive.

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    • February 11, 2020 at 10:21 am, Jay said:

      Hank, do a little reading and watch something besides Fox News.

      Reply

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