tv Congressional Democrats Call Presidents Budget a Tally of Broken... CSPAN May 23, 2017 12:45pm-1:05pm EDT
this year, you call it a cut. in fact i've seen several locations where we spend a hundred dollars last year end hundred and $2 this year end many people still call it a cut because the budget is hardwired by the congressional budget office to go up every year. if the congressional budget office said we spent a hundred dollars last year --dash. >> you can follow all of this online at cspan.org. we take you live to the capital to hear from senate democratic leaders on the presidents budge budget. >> it constitutes our massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, sick and poor to the top 1%. it follows in the footsteps of the trump ryan health care bill which gives tax breaks to the wealthiest view while throwing 24 million americans off their health insurance and raising premiums for all the workers. this is a budget that says if you are the richest family in america, you can get up to a
$53 billion tax break through the repeal of the estate tax. at the same time, it says if you are a lower income senior citizen you will not be able to get the one nutritious meal a day you now receive through the meals on wheels program for the help you desperately need if you are disabled. this is a budget that says if you are the second wealthiest family in america, the coke brothers family, a family that has contributed many hundreds of millions of dollars into the republican party, you may get up to a 34 billion-dollar tax break, but at the same time if you are a working class student trying to figure out how you can possibly afford college, your dream of a college education will evaporate the cause major cuts to student financial assistance programs.
this is a budget that says if you are a member of the trump family you may receive a tax break of up to $4 billion, but if you are a child of a working-class family, you could well lose the health insurance you currently have through the children's health insurance program and massive cuts to medicaid. at a time when we remain the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare for all, this budget makes a bad situation worse in terms of healthcare. in other words, this is a budget that provides massive tax breaks for billionaires and corporate ceos and massive cuts to programs that tens of millions of struggling americans depend on. when trump campaign for president he told the people he would be a different type of republican, he would take on the political and economic establishment, he would stand
up for working people and that he understood the pain that families all across this country were experiencing. sadly, this budget exposes all of that verbiage for what it really was. just cheap and dishonest campaign rhetoric that was meant to get votes. nothing more than that. at a time when the very rich are already getting richer and the middle class continues to shrink, this is a budget for the billionaire class, the wall street and corporate ceos and the wealthiest people in this country. this was a budget which will make it harder for our children to get a decent education, harder for working families to get their health care they desperately need, harder for families to put food on the table, harder to protect our environment and harder for the elderly to live out their retirement years in dignity. this is a budget that is
immoral and will cause an enormous amount of pain for the most vulnerable people in our nation. this is a budget that will be rejected by the american people and must not be seeing the light of day in congress. john is the ranking member of the budget committee in the house. thanks for being with us. >> the budget released today by the trump administration is shockingly extreme and the antithesis of what the american people said they want from their government but the president's government leaves no question about what his administration values. greater gains for millionaire, corporations and special interest at the expense of american families, economic progress and national security. it is a total embrace of the robin hood in reverse
healthcare and tax proposal which have been overwhelmingly rejected by the american people. this budget actually targets assistance for people with disability, cutting social security disability insurance despite the presidents pledge to not touch social security. the presidents budget is a betrayal. a line by line tally of broken promises he made to the american people. above all, it's a trail of broken dreams and the loss of hope and opportunity for millions of families. this budget starts by taking away healthcare, food, housing and education and job opportunities. for nearly every american family struggling to get ahead, this budget makes it harder, if not impossible. the level of cuts to investments that the american people need is astonishing, and the consequences of these cuts are immoral.
the trump administration makes all these harmful cuts for one simple disgraceful reason, to try to hide the fact that there are huge tax breaks for millionaires, corporations and special interest that will explode the debt. they even do this in a dishonest way. this budget relies on absurd economic projections and pretend revenues that no credible account missed would validate. it provides no real information on tax reform other than to claim that its revenue neutral. i guess this is the presidents believe me part of his budget. if donald trump used these budgeting techniques in his business, not even the russians would invest in his projects. with all due respect to the president, we aren't going to take his word for it, particularly when no one else will. we've been down this road before, more than once, and all the evidence proves that tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and americans do not pay for themselves. instead they explode our deficit, robbed the country of needed investments and make those at the top even richer.
this is not what the american people want or deserve. the american people do not want us pitting teachers again soldiers are choosing to update tanks over textbooks. they want us to ensure our military and our american families both have the tools needed for success. in fact, that is our responsibility and it's also our responsibility to invest in their future and help grow our economy. education, healthcare, job training, innovation and infrastructure, investments that help individuals with no were left to turn
in the tax code that helps families get ahead. these are american priorities and they should be the priorities of the congress. now i have the pleasure of introducing -- >> i have a trick question. after hearing them speak, which one is from brooklyn and which one is from kentucky. anyway, it's great to be here and i wanted thank our leaders and thank you to leader pelosi who will be joining us shortly. in case you haven't had time to revie review the
presidents budget, let me sum it up. it takes a sledgehammer to the middle class and working class americans, lavishes tax breaks on the wealthy and imagines all of the deficit problems away with fantasy math. this budget exists somewhere over the rainbow where the dreams of mick mulvaney, paul ryan and the coke brothers really do come true. of course, these dreams are a nightmare for the average working american. the trump budget cuts transportation funding, education funding, programs that help students repay their student debt. one of the greatest burdens on middle-class kids and something that's slowing the country's housing recovery, the trump budget which seeks more than a trillion dollars in cuts to medicaid and health care would decimate healthcare options for rule americans, children, seniors and pull the rug on many of our rural
hospitals throughout the hous country. earlier, our colleague senator cornyn of texas stated this budget is a proposal of the presidents priorities. if that's true, it's clear the president has prioritized breaking his promises to the working people of america. for example, on the campaign trail he promised over and over he wouldn't cut social security, medicare and medicaid. with this budget he cuts two out of three. he cut social security disability benefits and cuts medicaid by $1 trillion. the great irony of the trump agenda is that it hurts many of the people who supported him in the campaign. there is no clear example of this irony than his budget. when you add it all up, the trump budget is comic book villain bad and just like comic books, it relies on fantasy to make all the
numbers work. it is the kind of budget you might expect from someone who is rooting for a government shutdown. i'm optimistic it will be rejected by both parties here in the congress. the way that we can reach a funding agreement in september is to do what we did last month, work together on a bipartisan basis, reject this extreme budget, tell president trump and mick mulvaney to stay out of the negotiations and
come up with a plan to help the american people and create jobs here at home. leader pelosi. >> thank you very much leadership. i'm glad to be here with you in the distinguished ranking member of the senate budget committee and the ranking member of the house budget committee. i associate with the remarks i heard on the phone on the way over. here we are, president trump's budget is a stark showcase of
his broken promises to america's hard hard-working families. jobs. in his own word, he promised he would be the greatest job producer that god ever created. instead, his budget steals hundreds of billions of dollars from critical job creating investments and infrastructure education and clean energy. healthcare, the president promised he would free the earth from the miseries of disease. instead, in addition to the devastation of trump care, he wants to chop more than $7 billion from the national institute of health. one fifth of the budget. they have the power to. cure and he wants to take one fifth of the budget. social security medicare has been mentioned. he promised he would not cut medicare, medicaid or social
security. the budget/social security disability insurance benefits. what's strange about it is when asked about it, the director mulvaney said weeding cut social security. >> no you cut social security disability insurance. that's cutting social security. they cut $6 billion on medicaid so we are talking about $1.4 trillion in cuts to medicaid. the president promised in terms of clean air and clean water to make sure we have clean air and clean water.
instead he has ransacked the epa and slashed fundings for cleaning up hazardous substances or for enforcing clean air and clean water laws. the presidents budget is shortsighted based on false assumptions and the plan that perfectly reflects what republicans in congress have been trying to inflict on america for years. it's important to note this because some members say it's dead on arrival. in the house this budget is a step down the same road to ruin advanced by years of house republican budget under speaker ryan and chairman price. budgets which ransacked our investments in jobs, education and for hard-working families. budgets that were thought to have massive new tax breaks to the rich by stealing from food stamps and slashing medicaid. all of this to give tax cuts to the wealthiest people in america.
what's important to us should be reflected in how we allocate our resources. this budget fails to recognize that education is the greatest investment we can make and help people make reach their aspirations and keep america number one. he also fails to recognize that nothing brings more to the treasury and the education of the american people. early childhood, k-12, higher education, lifetime learning. nothing brings more money to help grow the economy. it's one of the dumbest budget moves they can make. his budget shows he does not value the future of our seniors, children and are working families and it should be rejected. thank you. >> yesterday you said you
didn't think any san sane republican will vote for this. do you feel that because it's so extreme that there is any chance republicans will do this because they talk about squeezing us on appropriations and it will make it hard to up pass the appropriation bill and the rhetoric we are hearing is that it's dead on arrival too. >> i'm a republican member of the house. do you really think i'm looking forward to going home to whatever state i came from and said i just voted for incredibly large tax breaks for leaners. by the way we will cut headstart and childcare and afterschool programs in healthcare and education. i don't know too many sane republicans who want to go home to that dynamic. >> a perfect example, he proposes two/$193 billion, we
have 80 800,000 people in kentucky that utilize food stamps. i can't imagine any of us want to go home and say that were cutting all these people. >> when it comes to appropriations it will be tough to pass in your side will probably prevail. >> some republicans are saying this is dead on arrival, but they voted for the ryan budget. it contains many of the same things. in fact the ryan budget says medicare is no longer a guarantee. it subscribes to their theory
that medicare should wither on the vine. this is a killer for the american people. as long as the public is aware of what is in these budgets, and that's the important point, they have to know there is a price to pay in terms of public opinion if they vote for this, but they all did already vote before the ryan budget. they
don't believe in government and they don't believe in science. so they don't feel compelled to do any of these things. >> is there anything in here that you can see they can work with the white house on. [inaudible] the united states remains the only country on earth that does not guarantee paid family medical leave. the funding for this proposal is minuscule compared to what the needs are but i'm glad
that the trump administration recognizes the need for this. >> previously republicans like to bring up the obama budget to show there wasn't support for it. if this budget is bad as you say this, do you plan to try to do that tactic this time? >> that may well be a possibility. >> we have a topline look at some of the numbers on the trump budget for 2018. homeland security getting 7% more. department of justice 4% less.
health and human services 16% less. you can read the budget including the summary online at our website cspan.org. the senate will return this afternoon to continue debate on john sullivan for deputy secretary of state. they voted 93 - 6 in advance of his confirmation. will have live coverage when they return it to 15 eastern. in israel, present trump participated in a ceremony at the national holocaust museum in jerusalem. he was introduced by benjamin netanyahu and gave brief remarks. here's a look.