Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018:
“President Trump’s proposed budget callously neglects the needs of hardworking families and America’s future.
“The President’s cuts to Medicaid would ration care for people seeking mental health and substance abuse services, long term care, and preventive services that keep their families healthy. And in a cruel twist, this budget guts support for Social Security Disability Insurance and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, leaving people with disabilities and low-income women and children out in the cold.
“At a time when we need to be giving young people the tools to succeed in our 21st century economy, the President is proposing to cut public education and make it harder for students to afford college.
“To make matters worse, President Trump wants to take our country backwards with deep cuts to medical and scientific research. Families battling devastating diseases every day deserve hope, not a budget that senselessly takes that hope away.
“And the President is continuing his attack on clean air and clean water, slashing the EPA’s budget and setting back our progress in fighting the changing climate and ensuring that future generations have access to a safe and healthy future.
“Our country won’t become more prosperous by leaving people behind. We must remain a leader in breaking down barriers to innovation, curing diseases, and ensuring that our children and grandchildren have a solid foundation from which to succeed. I will keep fighting for a budget that honors that commitment to the American people.”