Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sharply criticized President Donald Trump's proposed budget, saying it takes a "meat ax" to domestic programs that benefit the middle class, the Washington Examiner reported on Monday.
The Trump administration announced on Monday that the upcoming budget will propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending while imposing corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid, Politico reported.
The White House has not yet detailed the cuts or the particulars of which programs will receive less funding.
"It is clear from his budget blueprint that President Trump fully intends to break his promises to working families by taking a meat ax to programs that benefit the middle-class," Schumer said. "Most Americans didn't vote to ease up on polluters, or to give Wall Street the green light to rip them off. They certainly didn't vote to make all these cuts so that President Trump can hand out a tax break to the wealthiest Americans."
According to the Examiner, Schumer emphasized that the proposal "reflects what today's Republican Party believes in: helping the wealthy and special interests while putting further burdens on the middle class and those struggling to get there."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also slammed Trump's proposal, saying that "President Trump's budget blueprint is a prescription for America's decline. Ransacking America's investments in jobs and working families will make our nation weaker, not stronger. A $54 billion cut will do far-reaching and long-lasting damage to our ability to meet the needs of the American people and win the jobs of the future."
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