[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal responded today to President Trump’s budget proposal, which would slash funding for social safety net programs and valuable infrastructure projects.
“This budget is absolutely stunning in its cruelty. It is a gigantic bait and switch – betraying President Trump’s campaign promises by giving humungous benefits to the wealthy and the back of the hand to the most vulnerable Americans,” Blumenthal said.
“This budget is not only cruel – it’s counterproductive. What it fails to recognize is that our national security involves more than just military spending – it is the health of our children, the education of our workforce, and the strength of our transportation network. The budget undercuts our defense industrial base by failing to invest in skill training. And by decimating domestic programs, it will simply make us less safe.”
“Most obviously, President Trump’s promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan is ominously missing. Instead, he completely eliminates programs that support millions of jobs in Connecticut – and countless more across the country – while leaving our bridges and roads to crumble in disrepair.”
“This budget also opens another front in the war on women’s health and the assault on Planned Parenthood, which provides preventive care for women and men who desperately need it. And it undercuts research at the NIH, disease prevention at the CDC, mental health, and other vital health care efforts.”