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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Condemns Trump's Budget Blueprint

March 16, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement condemning the release of the President’s proposed budget to Congress.

“The President’s budget blueprint has forgotten Americans, making cuts to lifesaving programs by taking away investments in foreign aid, housing, and environmental protections. Draconian cuts of $11 billion at the State Department and the elimination of the US Trade and Development Agency will make us less safe by diminishing our international diplomatic leadership. Abolishing the Community Development Block Grant and further housing cuts of over $6 billion will damage the development of local communities. A 31.4% cut to the EPA only adds to the damage. Elimination of environmental development programs put will not only increase our vulnerability to a warming climate, but will also hurt communities by neglecting brownfields and clean drinking water programs. 
 
“The President has pledged to be a ‘jobs President’ and yet somehow, missing in the entire budget is how many jobs would be eliminated due to these cuts. The President’s budget blueprint combined with his proposed health care plan makes it obvious that the American people are not his top priority.”