March 16th, 2017
Crafting a budget for the federal government is one of the most fundamental duties of the U.S. Congress, and it is a responsibility I take very seriously.
As a member of the House Budget Committee, I am fighting for common sense policies that promote job creation for Massachusetts families by making critical investments in education, small business, and infrastructure while responsibly reducing our debt.
A budget is a reflection of values and priorities. Unfortunately, over the past several years the Republican-led Congress have put forward budget proposals that have shortchanged our nation’s families, and failed to make adequate investments in our education, research and development, infrastructure, and other federal programs important to the future success of the country.
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to create good-paying jobs, invest in our infrastructure, and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to thrive in the new economy. I have advocated for all those things myself—they are bipartisan priorities. Yet, President Trump’s budget makes no mention of jobs, infrastructure investment, or expanding economic opportunity for all Americans.
His budget makes all the wrong trade-offs. Cutting investments in research and development that advance lifesaving medicines and spur untold economic innovation and job creation is beyond shortsighted. It is destructive to America. To pay for a wall that no one actually wants, Trump is gutting the Coast Guard and the airport security funding that protect our seas and skies. To build up a military to fight wars, Trump guts the State Department’s capacity to avoid wars through diplomacy and directly puts our troops lives’ at increased risk. To give massive tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, Trump cuts entrepreneurship, rural investment, and job-training programs that support middle-class workers and small business owners. It’s all the wrong trade-offs.
Instead, I’d invest in America: in our people, in our schools, and in our infrastructure, to reignite the American Dream and spur our future prosperity as a nation. Trump’s budget will prevent Americans from attaining economic opportunity and security, and Americans deserve a plan that helps all of us succeed in the new economy and prepares our country to win the 21st century.
That’s why I am working each day to ensure that our government is smart, productive, and accountable. As Congress continues to debate various budget proposals, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put out nation on a path of fiscal responsibility.
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