Democrats have labeled President Donald Trump’s fiscal year budget plan as “an attack on working-class families,” arguing that the $3 trillion in proposed cuts would hurt lower-income families while benefiting the wealthy.
The cuts detailed in the proposal released on Monday include “repealing and replacing” Obamacare, more than $200 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and $266 billion in cost reduction for Medicare.
“If Americans want a picture of who President Trump works for, the combination of the #GOPTaxScam & this #TrumpBudget make it crystal clear,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-N.Y.) said in a tweet. “He’s for the rich & powerful at the expense of the middle class.”
Other Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), also took to Twitter to express their concern over the president’s plan:
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) February 12, 2018
-Undermining health care
-Cutting student loans
-Weakening the standard of living
The #TrumpBudget is just another attack on working class families.
— Rep. Donald Payne Jr (@RepDonaldPayne) February 12, 2018
Donald Trump, May 2015: “There will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”
Donald Trump, today: My budget makes $554 billion in Medicare cuts.https://t.co/I1WSPKzxPX
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) February 12, 2018
— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) February 12, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump promised rural America “the forgotten… will be forgotten no longer.” Funny, because he must have forgotten that promise when he wrote the #TrumpBudget. Completely eliminates program to bring doctors and nurses to underserved rural communities.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) February 12, 2018
#TrumpBudget repeats the same toxic attacks on working families’ health care and livelihoods that the American people resoundingly rejected last year.
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) February 12, 2018
In addition to the cuts, Trump’s proposed budget plan allocates an investment of $18 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and funds a $1 trillion infrastructure program, $70.7 billion in funding for medical care for veterans, and $7 billion to combat opioid addiction.