When Trump released his so-called “skinny budget” back in March, People For the American Way detailed Trump’s all-out assault on low-income Americans. Today, with the release of a more detailed proposal, Trump’s misguided priorities have come further into focus. Programs that protect basic living standards for everyday Americans are on the chopping block. This Robin-Hood-in-reverse approach will reduce or eliminate:
- Nutrition assistance for low-income individuals and families
- Health care for low- and moderate-income people
- Income assistance for poor seniors and people with disabilities
- Job training that helps workers keep up with our rapidly changing economy
- Rental assistance that helps prevent homelessness
- Energy assistance that keeps the heat on
- Grants and other aid to local school districts and college students of modest means
- Disease and substance abuse prevention, along with rural health programs
PFAW rejects the Trump budget and will push back on any funding measure that leaves the American people, particularly women and families, vulnerable to an extreme right-wing agenda.
In a statement signed by over 60 organizations, PFAW and our allies outlined what it would look like for a federal budget to actually empower women:
We… stress that the President’s responsibility to support women will not be satisfied with mere rhetoric about “women’s empowerment” and “investing in women,” while simultaneously dismantling the policies and programs which are essential to so many women and families. The budget must also be assessed holistically, for no woman leads a single-issue life. Women and families will only thrive and succeed when people have the social, political, and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about their lives. Our elected officials play a critical role in leveling the playing field for women’s empowerment.
Trump failed in this regard, opting instead to carry out the latest in a long line of attacks on women’s health and rights and Planned Parenthood that have come since day one of his administration and the GOP Congress.