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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Statement on President’s Budget

March 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement regarding today’s release of President Trump's 2018 Budget Blueprint:

“A budget is a moral document. As an American, I’m deeply concerned about the drastic cuts President Trump has proposed in this budget blueprint, which fail to reflect our shared morals and values. As your representative in Congress, I will fight to stop this budget, which would hurt New Hampshire in so many ways.

“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m particularly concerned that this budget reflects an incomplete understanding of how we keep our nation safe. Since World War II, our international affairs budget has been key to maintaining stability around the globe, and cutting critical international aid and diplomatic funding would be disastrous for our national security.

“This budget attacks many of the priorities that make our country strong, and threatens our world leadership in cutting-edge research, higher education, and economic innovation. To fight back, I’ll be speaking up for the New Hampshire jobseekers whose workforce training programs could be cut; the families awaiting a groundbreaking NIH treatment for a rare disease; the UNH researchers with grants that will allow them to improve the world; and everyone who cares about protecting the environment so our children can grow up safe and healthy.

“Today’s budget would even eliminate programs that feed the hungry, including after-school nutrition assistance and Meals on Wheels. Contrary to the Administration’s outrageous statements at this afternoon’s press briefing, these programs do work, and cutting them is the exact opposite of ‘compassionate.’ I will not stand by while this Administration uses falsehoods to justify destroying vital support systems for our most vulnerable citizens. Today I will be sending the Trump administration just a few of the dozens of peer-reviewed studies that show Meals on Wheels improves seniors’ overall health and nutritional intake and reduces social isolation. This budget is yet one more example of President Trump turning his back on the very people he claimed he was there to help.”

 

BACKGROUND

In 2013, now-Defense Secretary Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he emphasized State Department funding’s critical role in national security, saying: “If you don’t fund the State Department fully then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately.” [Washington Post]