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Statement of Congressman Boyle Condemning President Trump’s Reckless Budget Request for ‘Sacrificing’ the Middle Class

March 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02), a member of the House Committee on the Budget, released the following statement in response to the President Trump releasing his annual budget request to Congress:

“With this latest budget request, yet again President Trump has put his priorities on full display and made clear his willingness to sacrifice our middle class to please his wealthy friends and donors. From seniors to students, healthcare to our environment, the president spared no middle class priority from his wrecking ball. His budget request would be disastrous for seniors: slashing the Social Security and Medicare benefits they rely upon and have worked for their whole lives. It would decimate funding for the programs that allowed tens of millions of middle class families to gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And it would gut countless programs that protect public health, invest in our roads and bridges, and help American workers support their families. Of course, cities like Philadelphia have the most to lose from the president’s proposed cuts to SNAP, subsidized student loans, community development, and transportation funding. The list goes on.”

As this sequel to 2017’s GOP Tax Scam makes clear, President Trump and Republicans in Congress spent $1.9 trillion on tax cuts for billionaires and big businesses and left American workers and middle class families to foot the bill. Right on cue, when the deficit exploded, to no one’s surprise, Republicans announced they were going to cut middle class programs like Social Security and Medicare to pay for it. Here, President Trump is doing just that. Make no mistake: President Trump’s 2020 budget tells working people to foot the bill for stock buybacks and CEO bonuses.”

Congressman Boyle is a member of the House Committee on the Budget and a co-chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, a group of House Democrats focused on leveling the economic playing field for American workers and middle class families.