Send a Letter Today to Tell Your Congressperson That You Reject the Trump Administration’s Latest Budget Proposal
On Monday, February 10, President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget request for the coming federal fiscal year (FFY 2021). Even though the proposal is non-binding, it is yet again a statement of cruelty from the Trump Administration. The President’s budget severely cuts non-defense spending by $40 billion (6 percent) – ignoring last summer’s bipartisan budget deal that would increase non-defense spending by $2.5 billion (0.4 percent). The majority of these cuts come at the expense of social safety-net programs that low- and-middle income New Yorkers rely on while at the same time extending tax breaks for the wealthy.
Below are a few key programs that Trump is proposing to cut that will leave many New Yorkers without support for their basic needs, such as healthcare, food assistance, housing, low-income tax credits, and other poverty fighting tools:
Medicare and Medicaid: The Budget proposed cutting Medicare and Medicaid respectively by $450 billion and $920 billion over the next 10 years. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in 2018 more than 3.5 million New York residents received Medicare coverage.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The proposal calls for cutting SNAP funding by $182 billion over the coming decade.
Housing: Compared to FFY 2020 enacted levels, Trump’s FFY 2021 budget proposal calls for a 15 percent decrease in spending for affordable and public housing programs. Part of the decrease is the elimination of HOME Investment Partnerships Program and the Community Development Block Grants, resulting in New York State losing over $200 million of funding that can be used for rental assistance for homeless families and enforcing housing quality standards.
We at FPWA will dive deeper in the coming weeks, but in the meantime check out our latest newsletter where we provide more details and analysis.
The President’s budget, which cuts $292 billion from anti-poverty programs while extending tax cuts for the wealthy and profitable corporations, would deepen income disparities and widen inequality, particularly for people of color. In a city with stubbornly high inequality and poverty, this is a budget NYC cannot afford.
Make sure to send a letter telling your elected representatives that you reject the President’s priorities of cutting Medicaid, SNAP, housing, social services, and public health programs.