February 13, 2018

Luján Statement on President Trump's Budget Blueprint

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM03) today released the following statement in reaction to the release of an outline of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure and federal budget proposal:

“Presidential budgets are a reflection of an administration’s values and President Trump has laid his out. With the budget he presented to Congress, the President has again failed middle-class and working families in New Mexico and all across America. The President’s budget proposes devastating cuts to federal programs that New Mexicans rely on, including before- and after-school programs and food assistance for vulnerable families. The President’s budget cuts the Department of Education by over $3 billion and diverts vital public education funding to school choice programs. The Trump Administration's budget leaves Americans vulnerable to predatory banking and loan services by undermining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

New Mexicans more than most know the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources, yet the Trump budget cuts the Environmental Protection Agency by 34 percent and cuts clean energy research by 47 percent. If that’s not enough, despite the American people’s clear opposition, this budget proposes once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act – eliminating federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions and rolling back coverage expansion on top of drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. The Trump budget also cuts billions of dollars from Medicare demonstrating once and for all that President Trump has no intention of living up to his promises to protect Medicare and Medicaid. Not only are these cuts deeply unpopular with the American people, they would leave millions more uninsured or underinsured. This would be devastating to New Mexicans.

Despite the President’s repeated promises, his infrastructure proposal fails to make the necessary investments to rebuild our nation’s crumbling bridges and roads. The Trump plan requires states and commuters to shoulder the burden without meaningful federal help, while also cutting billions from existing federal infrastructure investments. It goes one step further by prioritizing proposals that appeal to private investors and leaving projects that serve disadvantaged and rural communities behind. Such a move would be disproportionately harmful to smaller states like New Mexico.

President Trump’s budget lets the American people down and doesn’t deliver for middle class families.”