In his inaugural speech, President Donald Trump promised to lift up the “forgotten man and woman” who have been left behind—the same platform that propelled him to victory in 2016. But his proposed budget released in May reveals that his priorities lie with corporations and the 1 percent—at the expense of nearly everyone else.
President Trump’s budget is rife with broken promises to the American people. He proposes deep cuts to Social Security and Medicaid, which he explicitly said he’d leave untouched. He calls for slashing education, workforce training, job-creating infrastructure investments, and more. His budget would gut protections for clean air and water and even take food away from children and families—all to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and corporations. These broken promises will have tangible and harmful impacts in communities across the country—with particularly devastating consequences for women, people with disabilities, communities of color, and families struggling to make ends meet.
Congress will soon consider its own budget, which could endorse many of the same policies contained in the Trump budget. Join the Center for American Progress Action Fund and leading Democrats in Congress for a discussion of the human consequences of these budget cuts; what’s at stake for everyday Americans; and how we can champion an agenda that works for everybody instead of just the 1 percent.
Rebecca Vallas, managing director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center For American Progress Action Fund
Kendra Tappin, public health analyst and policy advisor and mother
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), vice ranking member of the Budget Committee
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), chair, Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Inequality, and Opportunity, and member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), ranking member of the Budget Committee
Carmel Martin, executive vice president, policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund
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