When the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives last fall, a great champion of working people, children, and public schools was restored as chair of a key committee overseeing the social safety net. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut is determined to protect the federal funding on which millions of people depend. Trump wants to increase military spending.



March 11, 2019


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DeLauro Statement on Trump’s 2020 Budget


WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s 2020 budget.


“For the third year in a row, President Trump has released a budget that is cruel and reckless. His administration has proposed $21 billion in cuts to programs at the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education—cuts that will crush critical programs that serve working people and middle-class families. This is not hyperbole. President Trump actually wants to cut Medicare, Medicaid, home energy assistance for seniors and people with disabilities, groundbreaking medical research, tools that help local communities fight poverty, job training programs, funding to enforce our trade agreements, pre-school grants, teen pregnancy prevention programs, anti-hunger programs like SNAP, afterschool programs, Pell Grants, federal work study programs, and much more.”


“It is disheartening to see a budget that would dismantle so many programs that people rely on every day. It would be a cold day in hell before I helped pass a budget like this—one that hurts the American people in order to lavish tax cuts on millionaires, billionaires, corporations, and special interests. Instead, Democrats will continue fighting for working people, the middle class, and the most vulnerable.”


Some cuts President Trump’s budget proposes within the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education include:


Department of Labor

  • Cuts Job Corps by $703 million
  • Cuts the Bureau of International Labor Affairs by $68 million
  • Cuts Women’s Bureau by $10 million
  • Eliminates job training for Native Americans and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (-$143 million)
  • Eliminates Senior Community Service Employment (-$400 million)
  • Eliminates Susan Harwood Training Grants (-$10.5 million)


Department of Health and Human Services

  • Cuts the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $5.4 billion
  • Cuts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by $750 million
  • Cuts the Health Resources and Services Administration by $1 billion, eliminating most programs that support training for health professions, including nursing
  • Eliminates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (-$3.7 billion)
  • Eliminates the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) (-$1.7 billion per year)
  • Eliminates the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) (-$725 million per year)
  • Eliminates Preschool Development Grants (-$250 million per year)
  • Eliminates the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (-$108 million per year)


Department of Education

  • Eliminates numerous programs, including:
    • Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants (-$2 billion)
    • Afterschool programs (-$1.2 billion)
    • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (-$1.2 billion)
    • Arts in Education (-$29 million)
    • Special Olympics (-$17.6 million)
    • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (-$840 million)
  • Cuts Federal Work Study by $630 million
  • Proposes a Pell rescission of $2 billion


In addition, the President’s Budget:

  • Cuts Medicare and Medicaid by over $1 trillion
  • Repeals the Affordable Care Act
  • Contains a woefully inadequate paid leave proposal that falls short of what the nation needs
  • Cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by more than $20 billion per year
  • Reduces Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by more than $2 billion per year
  • Cuts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $2.8 billion