Congressman Tim Ryan's Statement on President Trump’s Budget Request

May 23, 2017 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today released the following statement upon reviewing President Trump’s full budget request.

“The President today released a budget that he laughably titled ‘A New Foundation for American Greatness.’ As nice as that title may sound, closer inspection reveals that it is not a new foundation for shared growth, but a recipe for decline, suffering and mediocrity. Despite the President’s ability to talk a big game, he once again has moved to gut the very programs and institutions that truly make America the envy of the world,” said Congressman Ryan.

“This budget is nothing more than a laundry list of broken promises. Again. President Trump’s brazen and indiscriminate cuts to vital social and jobs programs to finance tax cuts for billionaires and special interests is an unconscionable move that leaves hardworking Americans worse off. It will be devastating to investment, stifle innovation and supress job creation. This budget is a nonstarter. The President should go back to the drawing board and develop a serious budget that invests in the American worker, our communities, and our values. I stand ready to get to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a realistic budget that properly funds these important programs, and gets Americans back to work.” 

President Trump’s budget request undermines American Values in several key areas:

Health:
The President’s Budget would cut the Department of Health and Human Services by 18 percent,  slash $5.8 billion from NIH which will inhibit access to lifesaving treatments, and cut $400 million for health care workforce development, blocking access to care in communities across the country already dealing with a shortage of health professionals. The budget also takes a sledgehammer to the Medicaid program, a move that could adversely impact as many as 71,000 veterans in Ohio alone, despite bragging about promises to do the opposite during the campaign.

Education:
The President’s Budget disinvests from our public school system, cuts programs that help minority students access higher education  eliminates before and after school programs and other student enrichment programs that help students succeed, and slashes funding that would ensure that students have access to great teachers and that those teachers have the tools that they need.

Urban Development:
Trump’s budget would provide $3 billion less in Community Development Block Grant assistance, and  $1.1 billion less for other community development programs that have benefited economically distressed regions and municipalities like Youngstown, Ohio.

National Security:
This budget Request cuts the Department of State and USAID by 31%, the lowest level of funding for these agencies since 2002. That would result in a reduction in the number of diplomats to advance US security interests in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. This is done in opposition to numerous statements from Defense and Military leaders, including the President’s own Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who have spoken out about the importance of funding diplomatic efforts.