Neal Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget

May 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s 2018 budget request:

“President Trump’s budget is nothing more than a long list of broken promises to the American people. This ideological wish list of deep cuts would do nothing but wreak havoc on the lives of middle class and working families across our country. Instead of a plan that lifts up the middle class and invests in programs to create a competitive 21st century economy, this budget does the exact opposite. This irresponsible budget will further exacerbate the opioid epidemic that’s torn apart families in cities and towns across this country and stretched the already thin resources in local communities. Drastic cuts to middle-class programs like Medicaid, will force working families to choose between sending their children to school and caring for aging parents. And despite repeated promises not to touch Social Security, this budget cuts Social Security benefits, damaging a key lifeline for millions of Americans unable to work. This is a budget designed to inflict pain on the very people that make up the backbone of this country.”