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AFSCME, Opponents Protest Trump’s ‘Morally Unacceptable’ Budget

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A day after President Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders called the plan “morally unacceptable” as well as “unprecedented in its austerity and cruelty.”

At a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, Saunders vowed to continue the fight for “a common-sense budget that invests in job creation and higher living standards … that empowers, instead of punishes, our most vulnerable people.”

Saunders said that AFSCME members are public service workers who never quit improving their communities.

“They have devoted their careers to lifting up their neighbors,” he said. Trump’s budget proposal, on the other hand, “undermines the work we do and the communities we serve.”

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AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders blasted President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget during a rally on Capitol Hill. (Photos by Raju Chebium)

Dozens of participants – including AFSCME members, progressive allies and members of Congress – joined the rally to oppose a budget that would benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of working families.

Among other things, Trump’s proposal seeks to:

No wonder even members of Trump’s own party said his budget proposal was “dead on arrival.” They criticized it for hurting the very people whom Trump promised to help during the 2016 campaign.

As Saunders put it during today’s rally, “They say a budget is a statement of your values. If that’s true, then President Trump and his administration value nothing more than making rich people richer … and the hell with everybody else.”