Costa Statement on President Trump's Proposed Budget

May 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget:

“The President’s budget, if adopted by Congress, would do great harm to our Valley, to California, and to our nation. Since I was first elected, I have called for a balanced budget that reduces our nation’s unsustainable debt and provides opportunities to advance the economic and social well-being of all Americans. This budget proposal simply fails that test.

“This budget uses a combination of unrealistic growth assumptions and harmful cuts to programs for our most vulnerable citizens to increase military spending and finance a tax cut that primarily benefits the wealthy. It decreases investments in our nation’s future, our health care system, and our education system. Additionally, this budget slashes funding for rural America, and it decimates the farm safety net at a time when our rural communities can least afford it.

“We need a long-term, comprehensive plan for balancing our budget, but the plan must ensure that all Americans are given the opportunity to build a healthy and successful life for themselves and their families.”