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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Trump Budget

WASHINGTON — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal:

“President Trump’s budget is a moral and economic disaster. The cuts proposed in this plan will not only hurt children and the elderly, but also diminish the quality of life for millions of families nationwide, all to give massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy.

“President Trump campaigned on a promise to lift up the forgotten man and woman. But his budget does nothing to support job-creating investments to help working people who are struggling to get by. Instead, it eliminates or slashes funding for dozens and dozens of programs and services, including infrastructure, transportation, health care, education, and even Social Security. It even punishes those who want to give back to their communities by eliminating a student loan forgiveness program that thousands of public service workers have already planned their household budgets around, and that encourages more young people to pursue careers in public service.

“The cuts laid out in this budget — everything from Medicaid to affordable housing to afterschool programs — weaken the communities that AFSCME members work daily to strengthen. If Trump were serious about empowering working people, he would invest in growth that raises wages and creates jobs, not cut vital programs to give tax cuts to the wealthiest 0.8 percent of Americans who are already doing just fine.”

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