CBC Chairman Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal

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Washington, DC, March 16, 2017 | comments

Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement in response to President Trump’s first budget proposal:

“We’ve heard all of this talk from President Trump about African Americans not having anything to lose under his Administration. The truth is that we have a lot to lose and his budget proposal is proof of that.

“Although President Trump promised a ‘New Deal for Black America,’ his budget slashes the federal workforce and cripples domestic programs (e.g. federal student services TRIO programs, LIHEAP, grants for after school programs, Community Development Block Grants, and Community Services Block Grants), and we’re likely to see even more cuts in these areas if he gives tax breaks to the wealthy, as expected. All of this hurts the African-American community. In addition, despite his promise to support and strengthen HBCUs, President Trump proposes to give these schools the same amount of funding they received last year. This budget proposal is not a new deal for African Americans. It’s a raw deal that robs the poor and the middle-class to pay the richest of the rich.

“If President Trump is serious about moving the African-American community forward, he should look to the Congressional Black Caucus’ alternative budget. Our budget invests in pathways out of poverty, as well as policy and programs that help Americans reach and remain in the middle-class. Our budget also reduces the deficit by nearly $2.9 trillion over 10 years.”

Federal Workforce

“In the face of racism and discrimination in the private sector, African Americans have historically relied on the public sector for upward mobility. Even today, nearly 20 percent of the federal workforce is African American.

“President Trump’s proposal will hurt these federal families and others, the federal departments and agencies that they work for, and the Americans that depend on the services that these federal departments and agencies provide.” 

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