Quigley Statement on President Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on President Trump's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019:
“President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal is as ludicrous as it is disturbing. After drastically increasing our unsustainable debt by adding $1.5 trillion in unpaid tax cuts for the wealthy, the president is doubling down on failed, far-right policies that slash Medicare, Medicaid, and a number of anti-poverty programs for the most vulnerable amongst us. With at least a half trillion in proposed cuts to Medicare and $250 billion stolen from Medicaid, President Trump has yet again turned his back on hardworking Americans and his dishonest pledge to preserve entitlement programs.
“If we are to believe that the president’s budget is nothing more than a statement of values, then this Administration is severely lacking in the moral integrity or vision needed to grow our economy and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed. Repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing hundreds of billions from nutritional assistance programs, and reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by a third, will do nothing to make America great, but it will go a long way in weakening our competitiveness in the global economy. We can and should incorporate fiscal responsibility back into our budgeting process, while investing in programs that will help to create new jobs and increase wages. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the president’s budget fails to meet any of these standards.”