For Immediate Release

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Trump 2020 Budget is Wrong for America

WASHINGTON — 

AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020:

“President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020 is an attack on working people and another attempt to rig the economy in favor of the privileged and the powerful.

“Instead of strengthening our communities with robust investments in job creation and public services, the administration is seeking a staggering $2.7 trillion in domestic spending cuts. That would mean less access to health care, fewer job-training opportunities, an increase in the number of underfunded schools, a rise in decaying infrastructure, and more. Meanwhile, corporations and the wealthiest Americans would continue to avoid paying their fair share in taxes.

“On the heels of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, this is the moment for a consensus-seeking budget that unites us around core values, one that ensures continuity in public services and one that does not jeopardize the paychecks of hardworking government employees and contractors. Instead, the president continues to go the most divisive route possible with his request for $8.6 billion to build an unnecessary and unpopular border wall.

“We call on Congress to reject this cruel budget and write a new one that empowers working families and their communities.”