Physicians for Social Responsibility Denounces Trump Budget
Military Spending at the Expense of Domestic Programs Is a Threat to Human Health
May 24, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elana Simon, Communications Manager
Washington, DC – In response to President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, Physicians for Social Responsibility issued the following statement from Executive Director Jeff Carter:
“President Trump’s proposed budget is a threat to human health. Slashing funding for programs that keep our air and water clean in order to pay for a massive increase in military funding is irresponsible policy.
“The proposed budget cuts billions of dollars from programs and agencies that Americans depend on. Poor and working class families are at particular risk. The budget would reduce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by almost one-third. These sharp cuts would hamstring state and local efforts to reduce pollution and lower risks of exposure to dangerous substances like pesticides and lead. The proposed budget would cripple efforts to reverse catastrophic climate change.
“Rather than investing in human needs, the President seeks to ramp up spending for nuclear weapons and other military programs. The President requests a whopping 11 percent increase for nuclear weapons production in the National Nuclear Security Administration. Additionally, he proposes to increase the Pentagon budget by $60 billion, which already exceeded the military budgets of the next seven nations combined.
“Increasing military spending on the backs of critical health and safety programs is completely at odds with what the American people expect from their leaders. Members of Congress should reject this budget proposal and instead provide sufficient funding to agencies in charge of keeping American families safe and healthy.”
Physicians for Social Responsibility, a member organization of more than 30,000 seeks to address the gravest threats to human health and survival. The group’s motto is “Prevention is the only cure.” PSR’s international federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, received the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Visit us at www.psr.org.