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Congressman Brendan Boyle

Representing the 13th District of Pennsylvania

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Congressman Boyle's Statement on President Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget

March 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on the Budget, today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget:

“The President’s 2018 budget proposal is a continuation of the broken promises and recklessness that has defined this administration since Day One.

This so-called budget is a dangerous and unrealistic compilation of campaign promises that undermines our international standing and harms the most vulnerable and fragile in our country.  It shifts economic burdens onto the shoulders of the middle class, eviscerates crucial services relied upon by working families and the needy, and guts community redevelopment aid, nutrition assistance, environmental protection and foreign diplomacy.  If this budget were to become a reality, it would immediately threaten the health, safety and security of our nation.

The President proposes we cut the State Department and foreign aid programs by 29 percent.  As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I understand the consequences of such a course of action: a dangerous choice that would only serve to destabilize our current position of diplomatic strength and leadership around the world at a time of global instability.  Our inexperienced, short-sighted President fails to realize these cuts would only weaken our international standing and strengthen our enemies.

More than anything, this budget serves as hard evidence of the President’s broken promises to working class families.  It is becoming clearer and clearer that the goal of this Administration is to help the wealthy – like the millionaires and billionaires in his cabinet and staying at his Mar a Lago resort – at the expense of working families, seniors, and other vulnerable Americans.  As a Co-chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, I vow to fight this hypocrisy and tirelessly advocate for hardworking Americans in need of a fair chance at prosperity.”

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