Pols Weigh-in on President Trump’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget: “…It Confirms Our Worst Fears…” Says County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Senator Tammy Baldwin had plenty to say about Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018  budget. Their remarks sent a chilling effect about the proposed budget.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Trump’s budget doesn’t reflect our values
Dick Durbin <info@dickdurbin.com>


Donald Trump campaigned on standing up for “the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this country, who built our country.” He pledged not to cut Medicaid. He promised not to make students pay more toward loan debt.

But his latest budget proposal breaks every one of those promises.

The Trump budget is an attack on children, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities — all while the wealthiest Americans receive a major tax break.

Add your name now: tell Congress not to pass a budget that puts tax cuts for the wealthiest ahead of the needs of low- and middle-income Americans.

The Trump budget would drastically slash health care funding, including a more than $600 billion cut to Medicaid. It also cuts funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and would gut investments in medical research, calling for the lowest level of funding for the National Institutes of Health in more than a decade.

It would hit low-income Americans especially hard, with cuts to food stamps and aid for needy families.

It eliminates subsidized student loans, which would make the college debt crisis even worse. It slashes funds for work study programs and eliminates loan forgiveness for graduates who pursue lower-paying public service careers.

Budgets are a reflection of our values and this budget proposal sends a clear message that President Trump would rather give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans than invest in programs that serve low- and middle-income families. Tell Congress not to pass it.

Thank you for speaking up to defend our values.

My best,

Dick Durbin



Senator Tammy Baldwin

When I was 9 years old, I developed a serious illness similar to spinal meningitis — it put me in the hospital for months.

I was raised by my grandparents and I would eventually make a full recovery. But when they looked for an insurance policy that would cover me in the future, they couldn’t find such a policy because of my previous illness. Not from any insurer. Not at any price.

My grandparents were forced to make great sacrifices to pay for my health care simply because I was a child who had been branded with the words “pre-existing condition.”

Juanita, no parent, or grandparent, should have to lay awake at night wondering whether or not they can afford to care for their loved ones, and I am committed to protecting every American I can from having to experience what they did.

We have a chance to speak out — add your name with OFA, and commit to staying involved in the fight to protect affordable health care for all Americans.

Health care is bigger than politics, it’s about people’s lives, and the chaos and uncertainty that would follow Obamacare’s repeal would be devastating for American families.

More than 20 million people have gained coverage under Obamacare, and the uninsured rate has never been lower. But according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest analysis, you could be forced to pay more for less care or you could be at risk of losing health care coverage altogether.

Any effort to improve our health care system must protect the guaranteed protections and care that people with pre-existing conditions and others have today, not take them away.

Over a million OFA supporters have signed petitions and made calls to protect affordable health care — join them now, and they’ll be in touch soon with ways for you to get involved:


Thank you,

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

The Trump administration’s proposed budget confirms our worst fears. It goes well beyond the traditional budgets we have seen from conservative presidents; it is a mean-spirited, harmful fiscal plan that would impose lasting harm upon those who are the poorest and most vulnerable among us, not to mention damage public education, the environment, public health and the broader social safety network.

By proposing significant cuts to Medicaid – apart from those that would be implemented under the American Health Care Act passed by the House – the President’s budget would further erode the right of all Americans to get meaningful health care. His administration speaks of furthering local control, but his budget puts such programs as Community Development Block Grants and HOME funding on the chopping block, which will destroy the ability of local units of government to improve their infrastructure, provide social services and improve the availability of affordable housing.

But this budget – indeed, any budget – is more than merely dollars and cents. Those dollars and cents must fund programs and services that keep us safe, protect our natural resources, help educate our children, provide safe shelter, and support programs that address the food insecurity so many of our residents face daily. This budget hits such programs as SNAP, Meals on Wheels, after school programs, even Social Security disability.

Traditionally a President’s budget proposals are massively changed once they get to Congress. Our fervent hope and belief is that this cruel and heartless approach will not stand.