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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON


Mar 16, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio released the following statement on President Trump’s FY2018 Budget Blueprint:

“President Trump’s budget promotes wrong-headed priorities and completely abandons middle class families. By endorsing cuts to critical programs, the president has shown yet again that he is putting the wrong priorities first. For instance, the president’s suggested massive cuts to the National Institutes Health will slow or stop lifesaving research that could cure or prevent disease. Critical programs like Meals on Wheels, Youth Corps, and Seniors Corps—a program that I brought to Lane County in 1977 that donates millions of hours of service to help those in need—would be eliminated entirely to make way for wasteful, unnecessary spending that purports to protect national security, showering money on an already-bloated Pentagon and a wall along the Mexican border. In reality, this budget actually makes us less safe, with massive cuts to the Department of State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“The cuts laid out in this budget dismantle domestic programs that contribute to the daily quality of life for millions of Americans. But you won’t hear about it on National Public Radio—their budget was zeroed out.”