May 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s budget proposal released today:

“The Trump Administration’s budget is not only fiscally irresponsible, it is morally reprehensible – a reminder of Trump’s empty campaign promises and the callous, immoral policies from his administration. Under this budget, programs and initiatives that our most vulnerable children, families, and seniors rely on will face devastating cuts. Budgets are meant to be a representation of our values and priorities as a country and put forth a plan that will lift our families up to move this country forward. Instead, this Administration has proposed a deeply disturbing budget that exposes its complete and utter disrespect for the values that have fostered American opportunity and success.

“These federal budget cuts will have a direct impact on Nevada. This proposal strips children of essential health care coverage while making it harder for people with disabilities and seniors to put roofs over their heads. More families and seniors could go hungry, and our public education system will be undermined by cutting vital K-12 resources. It cuts off the lifelines that help vulnerable families find housing, and stifles infrastructure development and improvements needed to keep up with the needs of Nevada’s booming population. This budget also puts our public health and safety at risk, cutting environmental protections, and slashes to clean energy programs and resources will cost jobs and economic growth.

“In all, Trump’s budget represents a complete abandonment of the values that make our country good and decent, targeting the very programs that hardworking Nevadans depend on.  Instead of creating new avenues of opportunity for Americans, President Trump’s proposed budget aims to crush them. I will fight with my Senate colleagues to kill this shameful proposal.”