Linda Sánchez Statement on President Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

March 16, 2017
Press Release
Lawmaker says Trump budget is, “the wrong direction for our country.”

Washington, DC – Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, today released the following statement on the massive cuts to essential domestic programs outlined in President Trump’s budget blueprint:

"The hits just keep on coming for the middle class. The President's budget sweeps the legs out from under working families by cutting funding for everything from education and infrastructure investments to FEMA disaster relief and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Everyone in the family will feel the painful effects of the cuts included in this budget.

“The proposal would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant, which in part funds Meals on Wheels – literally taking food away from seniors. It cuts the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which helps millions of working families stay out of the freezing cold in the winter. And it cuts the competitive Department of Transportation TIGER grant program which helps support infrastructure construction projects, including a $15 million award for a project in my district to improve traffic flow, making our roads safer, cleaner, and more efficient.

"This budget only adds to the challenges for struggling families trying to get ahead. It makes massive cuts to essential programs that help support working men and women, children, and seniors. I don't think this budget is a better way for middle class families. It is the wrong direction for our country."