Voto Latino Responds to President Trump’s Budget

The President will propose budget cuts to major social and entitlement programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 23, 2017 – Voto Latino, the leading civic media organization empowering American Latino millennials, released a statement from President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar on President Trump’s plan to propose $1.7 trillion in budget cuts to programs aimed at helping lower-income Americans.

“How funds are allocated represents a president’s values and what this President’s budget tells us is that we are dealing with a Republican administration that is outright cruel towards the most vulnerable among us.

“This week, President Trump is set on carrying out a divisive political agenda that benefits the wealthiest at the cost of middle class Americans and workers. His proposed budget includes nearly $800 billion cut to assistance programs, such as SNAP and Medicaid, that are aimed at protecting working women and their children. More than 60% of 57 million American Latinos are under 33 years old – the majority who are under eighteen years old. This budget disproportionately cuts opportunities American Latinos.

“America is great because of a thriving middle class and these programs offered an opportunity for upward mobility to millions of people working toward the American dream.

“Trump’s budget is aimed at further marginalizing vulnerable Americans. Instead, it should focus on how each child in our country deserves a chance to thrive.”