Keeping anti-poverty programs important

From: Ann Jones


I see that President Trump’s new budget is a retread of bad ideas and misguided priorities that many Americans strongly oppose. As predicted, his budget would finance his massive tax cut on the backs of ordinary American families who just want to make ends meet each month.

Last year, we saw repeated attempts to gut essential programs such as Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps). And now after giving away $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to millionaires, President Trump and some leaders in Congress want to put these critical basic assistance programs back on the chopping block with cuts, time limits and restructuring. With 40 million Americans living below the poverty line, this is both bad public policy and just plain wrong.

I urge our members of Congress to make it clear to the president and congressional leadership that they won’t stand for any attempt to unravel anti-poverty programs.