Rep. Sewell Statement on President Trump’s FY19 Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, President Trump proposed a budget with steep cuts to domestic programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Community Development Block Grants, housing programs, worker training programs, and more.
Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:
“In order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, President Trump is now proposing severe cuts to the federal programs that America’s working and low-income families rely on,” said Rep. Terri Sewell. “As healthcare costs, food costs, and education costs rise, President Trump’s budget hits working families where it hurts the most by cutting the basics, including food assistance and child care, repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing funding for student aid, and a host of programs that specifically help communities of need. In Alabama, over 850,000 residents rely on SNAP to put food on the table, a program which Trump’s budget cuts by over $200 billion. Over 900,000 Alabamians rely on Medicare for healthcare coverage and many hospitals in our state are struggling to stay open, but the President’s budget slashes Medicare funding by $230 billion.”
“Make no mistake, if today’s budget becomes law, more Alabamians will go homeless, more children will go hungry, and more families will go uninsured. I urge the Republican Congress to work with Democrats on a budget that puts our country’s working families first.”
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition