House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to blast President Trump’s proposed new budget on the very same day that it was released.
Pelosi said that the budget proposal demonstrates that Trump “does not value the future of our children,” noting that it is essentially a demolition of the domestic government needs — as well as the United States’ soft power internationally.
“I don’t see how this budget can survive the light of day,” Pelosi said during a press conference at the Capitol where she also addressed the House GOP’s healthcare bill. “This budget is a slap in the face.”
Trump’s budget proposal which was unveiled just hours earlier, tries to make good on the President’s promise to increase the military, and border security efforts, including the building of his border wall. The boost in military spending seems to be a statement that there is not waste in spending within that sector, as has been widely stated by experts.
Regardless, the substantial increases to the military and Homeland Security come at great cost to domestic programs, things that Trump also ran on. The proposal requests dramatic cuts to virtually all sectors of domestic spending, including a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 28 percent cut to the State Department, an 18 percent bite out of Health and Human Services — which includes entitlements such as Medicaid — and a 16 percent slashing of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Pelosi regards the proposal as evidence of an attempt on the part of the administration and Republicans to all but dismantle the federal government, including education and programs benefiting low-income Americans.
“This is all about a philosophical distrust of the role of the federal government in any way of meeting the needs of the American people,” she said. “Should we subject all spending to the harshest scrutiny? we certainly should … to make sure those investments accomplish what they set out to do,” she added. “But that’s not what this is about. This is systemic deconstruction of the federal government.”
The California Democrat also hammered the proposal for its cuts — $11 billion of them — in education, which Pelosi has long said is an investment that pays large economic dividends. “That is a stupid economy.”
All indications are that the proposal is dead on arrival in the U.S. Congress, even with both chambers being under Republican control.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, being careful to not step on any toes or feelings while he is still trying to make a push for his healthcare bill, declined to comment on the budget proposal saying that he is still looking at it. “It’s a long ongoing process,” Ryan said to reporters on Thursday. “This is the very beginning.”