PSR's Statement on Trump Administration's Anti-Health, Anti-American Family Budget Proposal
March 16, 2017
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jeff Carter, 202-667-4260, email@example.com
Washington, D.C. (March 16, 2017) - In response to President Trump's budget proposal, Physicians for Social Responsibility issued the following statement from Executive Director Jeff Carter:
"The so-called 'skinny budget' proposed by President Trump puts health protection and other human needs on a starvation diet, while feeding unnecessary dollars to our already bloated military spending. The president has his priorities backwards.
"Even Republican members of Congress who work on appropriations have publicly acknowledged that increasing military spending on the backs of critical domestic discretionary programs, which constitute just 13 or 14 percent of all federal spending, makes no sense. What's more, in poll after poll, Americans consistently favor strengthening federal investments in education, health and safety.
"The budget plan proposed by the Trump administration today is completely at odds with this reality. The United States already spends more on its military than the next seven countries combined. A 54 billion dollar increase to the defense budget may make defense contractors happy, but this form of corporate welfare does nothing to make America safer.
"Meanwhile, the deep cuts the administration is proposing to non-defense programs do terrific harm to both the economy and the health and safety of American families. The cuts to the EPA do next to nothing to reduce the deficit, but will severely damage programs that keep our air and water clean.
"This budget would slash over 20% of EPA staff, greatly reducing the Agency's ability to carry out health-protective measures. It would also do away with all funding for the Clean Power Plan, designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, which generate almost a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
"These proposed cuts have nothing to do with deficit reduction. The Trump administration is simply using the budget and appropriations process as another tool to gut environmental protections, by starving the agencies of resources to the point where they won't be able to do the critical work they are charged to do."
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is a scientific and educational organization with approximately 40,000 members and supporters and with chapters throughout the United States. Our mission is to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. Visit us at www.psr.org and follow us on Twitter @psrnational.