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Rep. John Lewis: Sharp Condemnation For Trump Budget and Health Bill

May 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – During a series of two House Ways & Means hearings today, Rep. John Lewis railed against the Trump Administration budget.  During the committee’s afternoon hearing with Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin:

“I’ve often said that a budget proposal is a statement of values and priorities.  This administration makes it crystal clear that the hungry, the middle class, the elderly, and the struggling will be left out and left behind.

“This budget says more money for war, for guns, for weapons. This budget breaks promise after promise to the American people.  It erases Medicaid and Social Security, cuts funding for food assistance and support for those who have been left out and left behind.

“We have a right to know what is in the food we eat, what is in the water we drink, and what is in the air we breathe. This budget cuts the Environmental Protection Administration.  This is not right, this is not fair, and It’s not just. I have a strange feeling that this budget is not respecting the American people. The people [of this country] are not a top a priority for this administration….. “.

He also said, “I cannot understand how our president could schedule a meeting with Pope Francis-- a beacon of light to humble and oppressed peoples around the world--at the same time that he introduces once of the most dangerous, destructive budgets I have ever seen in all my days of public service.

“I challenge every American citizen, especially those who were hoping to make America great again, to read everything they can put their hands on about this budget.  It deals a death blow to programs that helped lift millions into the middle class after World War II, and if it is implemented, it will expand a level of suffering and poverty in this country we have not seen in over 50 years.”

Widespread condemnation of budget from editorial boards nationwide:  The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Financial Times, The Charlotte Observer, Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, The Tennessean, The Atlantic

The Congressional Budget Office score on the Republican health care bill concludes it will leave 23 million without healthcare by 2026.  It is a deficit reduction that risks the well-being of millions of Americans, and some will die without the coverage they now have and will still need.