Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Cohen: Trump’s FY2018 Budget Will Set America Back Decades

March 16, 2017
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today released the following statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget:

“President Trump’s FY2018 budget cuts vital programs for many Americans and will send America back to the 1950s, a time which might be revered by President Trump but was not so rosy for women, minorities and low-income Americans,” said Congressman Cohen. “President Trump’s budget eliminates all federal funding for the Minority Business Development Agency, which helps broaden opportunities to access the American Dream, and Legal Services Corporation, which ensures that individuals can assert their rights in court.  It eliminates all federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Community Development Block Grants and Meals on Wheels, and cuts funding to nutrition aid for women, infants and children (WIC), four programs of particular importance to many Memphians. It eliminates all federal funding for the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities, both of which support cultural participation in America. Even President’s Trump’s idol Andrew Jackson advocated for preserving literature and the arts in his 1832 Proclamation to the People of South Carolina.”

“The President’s budget eliminates all federal funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, which is a critical source for news and educational programming for those without access to cable and satellite programming. It cuts the Environmental Protection Agency by 31% and eliminates programs that support clean energy research. The State Department would receive a 29% decrease in its budget. Trump’s budget increases the Department of Defense by more than $52 billion, but cuts the nation’s personal Department of Defense for America’s health, the National Institutes of Health, by $5.8 billion. The United States already spends more on its military than the next eight countries combined. An increase of that magnitude is unnecessary and should never come at the expense of these other programs that directly help Americans on a day-to-day basis. This is a sad time in America. The list of important programs cut or eliminated is huge. President Trump’s budget will thrust American into social and cultural deterioration, a new Dark Ages.”