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Booker Statement on Trump Budget

March 16, 2017
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Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement:

“President Trump’s budget would set our country back and make hardworking Americans suffer. If adopted by Congress, it would stifle our nation's economic competitiveness, hurt the most vulnerable among us, and make our country less safe.

“By gutting the institutions that protect the rights of workers, Trump’s budget would make it more difficult for hardworking people who play by the rules to get a fair shake and make a better life for their family. It would undermine the necessary and life-saving work done by diplomats representing American interests across the globe, making our country less safe and our world less secure. It would slow progress in scientific research, making it more difficult for the United States to lead the charge towards the cure for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.  By eliminating funding for programs like Meals on Wheels, the Interagency Council on Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, financial services for people living in distressed communities, and more, Trump’s budget would jeopardize the health and safety of the poor, as well as their opportunities for upward mobility. 

“And in a direct contradiction to his often-repeated promises to invest in American infrastructure,  Trump’s budget proposes devastating cuts to maintaining our nation’s roads, railways, bridges, and ports that will make it more difficult for American companies to compete and succeed.

“This out-of-touch, callous, and dangerous budget is a reflection of President Trump’s skewed political priorities, not what’s best for middle class families and our country’s economic competitiveness.”

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