Scott Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget

WASHINGTON – Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal that cuts $9 billion from the Department of Education, slashes funding for the Department of Labor by 20 percent, and diminishes the Department of Health and Human Services’ ability to deliver early learning programs and health care for the American people. 

“A budget is a reflection of priorities and in this proposal, President Trump has prioritized tax cuts for the wealthy over children, students, working families and older Americans. This budget undermines public education by directing federal dollars to voucher schemes and cutting Title I funding for high-poverty school districts. The budget also makes it harder to pay for college, guts effective job training programs, puts the health and safety of workers at risk, and attacks the civil rights of every American. Working families deserve a budget that invests in their health, boosts wages, helps them balance work and family life, and levels the playing field for them and their children. Democrats will continue to press for a budget that supports public education, creates good-paying jobs, and puts more money in the pockets of hardworking people – while reducing the deficit in a balanced and responsible way."

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