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DelBene Questions Trump Administration’s Budget Priorities

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Washington, D.C., February 14, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today questioned members of President Trump’s administration about his 2019 budget proposal, released earlier this week.

“The Trump budget jeopardizes the middle class by gutting funding for basic necessities like healthcare, nutrition, housing and education,” DelBene said. “This reckless budget would strip healthcare from seniors, food from children and higher education opportunities from working families. Rather than gouging programs the middle class relies on to pay for the irresponsible tax cuts they gave to the wealthiest individuals and corporations, this administration should be working on a bipartisan funding package that truly reflects America’s values.”

The President’s budget would cut funding for programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Pell Grants, workforce training, the Affordable Care Act and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP). It would also cut Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

DelBene serves on the House Budget Committee, which has jurisdiction over these issues. Today, she questioned Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney about the harmful effect reducing nutrition assistance would have on families struggling to make ends meet. Video of her questioning can be found HERE.

DelBene also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over healthcare and taxes. Today, she questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about the administration’s proposed changes to Medicare, Medicaid and hollow investments in lifesaving medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Video of her questioning can be found HERE. Tomorrow, DelBene will also question Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about why the administration continues to prioritize wealthy special interests over hardworking American families.

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