Doyle Rejects ‘Outrageous and Irresponsible’ Trump Budget

February 11, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) released the following statement today expressing his reaction to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal.

“The Trump Administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 is a blueprint for disaster.

“President Trump has once again proposed devastating cuts in programs that are critical to America’s families. This budget continues his ongoing attacks against, for example, safety net programs, community development assistance, affordable healthcare, environmental protections, and high-quality education for all ages – and shows that he values scoring political points over actually promoting Americans’ security and prosperity.

“Less than a week after his State of the Union Address, President Trump has broken his promise not to cut Medicare and Social Security. His budget proposes slashing $480 billion from Medicare and $24 billion from Social Security over the next ten years.

“Last week, he touted his record on helping economically distressed areas, but his budget for next year would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant, eliminate EDA grants, and cut funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, which fixes our nation’s water infrastructure, by $1.7 billion.

“President Trump’s budget would also continue his crusade against affordable, high-quality health care by cutting $1.6 trillion from federal health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid. It would also limit lifesaving medical research, cutting programs at NIH by $3.3 billion and funding for CDC by $678 million.

“It would roll back landmark consumer protections and environmental programs – for example, his budget would cut funding for EPA by 25 percent, eliminate the NOAA Climate Competitive Research program, and slash the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program by $2.1 billion.  

“President Trump’s 2021 budget plan would cut SNAP, the largest federal nutrition assistance program, by $182 billion over the next 10 years.

 “His budget would cut funding for the Department of Education by 8.5 percent, cut student loan programs by $170 billion over the next 10 years, and eliminate afterschool programs.

“These are just some of the outrageous and irresponsible cuts he’s proposed.

“The bottom line is that President Trump’s budget wouldn’t make our country stronger, more sustainable, and prepared for the future; they would devastate American families and communities. I would adamantly oppose it – if it weren’t such a crazy non-starter that it was ‘Dead on Arrival’ in Congress.”