Rep. Richmond Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) issued the following statement after the President released his 2018 budget proposal:
“On top of the callous healthcare bill that is being rammed through Congress on the backs of working people, this budget is a slap in the face to the entire state of Louisiana,” said Rep. Richmond. “The President makes his priorities clear and strips funding from programs that help working families get ahead. Our economy is strongest when investment is focused from the middle out, rather than the top down. Instead, the President’s proposal delivers the moon and stars to the wealthiest Americans while leaving the middle class without a parachute.
“It cuts $800 billion from Medicaid, even though President Trump promised several times throughout his campaign that he would protect it. It cuts the Children’s Health Insurance Program by almost 20%. It attacks farmers by eliminating commodity payments and making it impossible for many farmers to get crop insurance. It attacks families and workers struggling to put food on their tables by cutting food stamps by more than 25%. It cuts funding to programs for people who are disabled and can’t work rely on to survive, and funding for programs that help first-generation college students obtain the education they need to support themselves and their families.
“President Trump made a promise to working people in Louisiana that he would not leave us behind. He guaranteed that we could count on full support in our recovery, that we could depend on quality healthcare, and that working people would be put first. This proposal is hard evidence that these promises were hollow. We cannot allow the President to continue to take advantage of our state.
“These programs are not a luxury, they are vital to the health and security of our people. President Trump has shown us again that this is not a concern of his. Louisiana cannot afford this irresponsible budget proposal, and anyone who values the state and our unique needs cannot support it.”