Local congressional Democrats recently took aim at President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal 2020.
Trump released what is essentially a wish list, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First,” this week. It included a proposed $8.6 billion for border security; increasing defense spending, the largest part of discretionary spending, to $750 billion; and investing more than $80 billion for veterans.
The proposal also calls for reducing nondefense spending by 5 percent, which would include cuts to domestic programs such as Medicare, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, pointed to the budget’s call for cuts to scientific research as dangerous to the nation’s reputation as a leader in scientific research and innovation.
“Once again, President Trump fails to understand how disastrous his budget proposal would be for hardworking Americans, scientific research and education, and the future of our country,” Foster said in a statement.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, was particularly alarmed at the proposed $1.5 trillion cut to Medicaid, which she said would dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and the proposed $818 billion cut to Medicare.
“A budget request is a statement of values, and after looking at the president’s budget yesterday, one thing is clear: The values of the 14th District are not reflected,” Underwood said on her Facebook page.