Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., blasted President Donald Trump’s federal budget Thursday as “morally obscene” with “devastating” implications for millions of Americans across the United States.
“President Trump’s budget is morally obscene and bad economic policy,” Sanders said Thursday. “It will cause devastating pain to the very people Trump promised to help during the campaign. At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, when 43 million Americans are living in poverty and half of older Americans have no retirement savings, we should not slash programs that senior citizens, children and working people rely on in order to provide a massive increase in spending to the military industrial complex.”
Donald Trump’s budget seeks to eliminate funding for these 19 agencies:
- The African Development Foundation, which funds African agriculture, infrastructure and community development projects.
- The Appalachian Regional Commission, which funds projects to bolster businesses, education, culture, and economic development in Appalachia.
- The Chemical Safety Board, which investigates accidents in the chemical industry and makes safety recommendations.
- The Corporation for National and Community Service, which houses several public service organizations, including AmeriCorps.
- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public television and radio stations including PBS and NPR.
- The Delta Regional Authority, which funds businesses and infrastructure in the Mississippi River Delta region.
- The Denali Commission, which supports utilities and infrastructure in Alaska.
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds U.S. museums and libraries with grants.
- The Inter-American Foundation, which provides financial aid to Latin America and the Caribbean.
- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which provides U.S. goods and services for foreign development projects.
- The Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal aid for low-income Americans.
- The National Endowment for the Arts, which funds American artists and projects through grants.
- The National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds American scholarship through grants.
- The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, which funds community development project throughout the U.S.
- The Northern Border Regional Commission, which supports economic development in poor areas near the Canadian border.
- The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which helps provide private U.S. capital to foreign development projects.
- The United States Institute of Peace, which aims to promote world peace through conflict resolution, training programs and scholarship.
- The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates efforts to fight homelessness among nearly 20 federal agencies.
- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a prominent think tank studying international affairs and foreign policy.
Meanwhile, Sen. Sanders has introduced a series of progressive bills in an attempt to combat prescription drug prices nationwide and shut down billions in tax breaks for big businesses holding their money in offshore bank accounts.
Featured Image of Bernie Sanders speaking at a rally in Raleigh North Carolina in 2016 by Flickr user Scott P