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McCollum Statement on Trump Budget Cuts Hurting Minnesota Families

February 12, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget:

“President Donald Trump’s budget reflects his warped values by offsetting Republicans’ deficit-busting tax cuts for the rich with attacks on many of the critical investments that keep Minnesota and our entire nation safe, strong, and moving forward.

“Eliminating heating assistance for low-income seniors and families, cutting support for public schools and college students, slashing funds to hire police officers, and zeroing out the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities hurts our families and weakens our communities. Even as the Trump budget targets critical domestic programs for cuts, it demonstrates complete fiscal irresponsibility with unwarranted growth in defense spending while doing nothing to curb inefficiencies in a bloated Pentagon budget.

“The good news is that much of the Trump budget is dead on arrival in Congress. As we move forward with the appropriations process, I will use my role as Minnesota’s only member of the Appropriations Committee to fight for a better deal that gives middle class Americans and people struggling to join the middle class the opportunity to contribute and succeed.”