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Statement from Chairman Yarmuth on the President’s 2021 Budget

Feb 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on the release of President Trump’s budget for Fiscal Year 2021:

“A half a trillion-dollar cut to Medicare. A roughly $900 billion cut to Medicaid. A $24 billion cut to Social Security. Gutting nutrition assistance by $182 billion. A 21 percent cut to foreign aid and diplomatic efforts. Debilitating attacks to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Destructive cuts to our public schools and programs that help Americans earn a college education. This is the future President Trump envisions for our nation: one where the federal government relinquishes any responsibility for the well-being of the American people and our nation. What the President has put forth is a destructive and irrational budget that intentionally goes after working families and vulnerable Americans.

“He has broken his promises to the American people. Defaulted on the bipartisan budget deal he made with Congress. And we will stand firm against this warped ‘vision’ for our nation’s future.”

NOTE: Despite the Administration’s claims, the President’s Budget proposal actually cuts non-defense discretionary funding by 6% from the FY20 levels. That’s even an understatement considering the impact of various accounting shifts.