CHC Chair Statement on President’s Disastrous Budget
May 23, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal:
“President Trump’s budget is a clear indication that this Administration stands with corporations and not with working families who are trying get ahead. In the President’s vision of the future, Hispanic families, children, and seniors will bear the brunt of this disastrous budget. Trump’s budget wastes billions of dollars on a costly and ineffective border wall and deportation force while cutting essential programs that help Hispanic families climb the economic ladder. His proposed cuts would devastate the economic security and advancements Hispanic families have achieved.”
The President’s budget slashes programs that keep the American Dream alive:
- Robs $40 billion from taxpaying families by taking away eligibility for tax credits they currently qualify for; affecting 4 million U.S. citizen children who have an immigrant parent. In 2015, the Child Tax Credit kept nearly one million Latinos out of poverty.
- Zeroes out several affordable housing initiatives that assist homebuyers and provide low-income working families with housing. Housing assistance kept nearly 700,000 Hispanics out of poverty in 2015.
- Guts workforce development programs, job training, and workplace safety.
- Cuts $800 billion from Medicaid as outlined in The American Health Care Act and proposes an additional $600 billion in cuts. Hispanics make up 31% of those who rely on Medicaid for health care coverage.
- Cuts $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which in a typical month in 2015, helped about 20 million children put sufficient food on the table. Its benefits lifted about 2.6 million Hispanics, including 1.3 million children, out of poverty in 2014.
- Cuts critical funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This cut would threaten the U.S. response to the Zika virus and the promising development of a vaccine to the virus.
- Slashes funding for federal education programs. Head Start, GEARUP and TRIO would receive inadequate funding under the Trump budget.
- Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half and the public-service loan forgiveness program would end, which would keep higher education out of reach for millions and renege on a deal made with young people in public service.
- Terminates funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Allocates $4.4 billion in new immigration security and enforcement funding, rather than advancing practical solutions that modernize our broken immigration system.
- $300 million to recruit and hire additional Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, agencies notorious for their unaccountability and corruption.
- $1.5 billion to detain and deport immigrants, including funding for an unprecedented 51,379 detention beds at a time that border apprehensions continue to drop as part of a 16-year trend.
- $1.6 billion for a unnecessary, offensive, and costly wall, which is opposed by the American people and members of Congress from both parties, particularly Republicans in border states.
- 70 new U.S. Attorneys at the Department of Justice to prosecute people for immigration-related offenses. Immigration prosecutions already comprise 52 percent of all federal prosecutions—more than prosecutions for drugs, weapons, fraud and other violations combined.
- A drastic 30 percent cut in refugee resettlement services.
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
Carlos Paz Jr.