Scott Statement on President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget Proposal
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after the White House released its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) budget priorities.
“President Trump’s budget proposal is another shocking demonstration of the administration’s willingness to break its promises to the American people. Just two days after President Trump pledged that he would not cut Social Security or Medicare, the president released a FY 2021 budget proposal that cuts more than $1 trillion over the next decade from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
“The administration’s budget also makes deep and painful cuts to our valued investments in education. It eliminates the bedrock K-12 education programs that fund America’s public schools and replaces them with inadequate block grants. In sum, the proposal cuts nearly $5 billion from public education in 2021, while sinking $45 billion into private-school voucher schemes over the next ten years. The budget also makes college more expensive for students by eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and cutting vital sources of financial aid for students from low-income families.
“While the president promised to stand with forgotten workers, the president’s budget slashes investments that help workers find and keep good-paying jobs. This proposal calls for a 42 percent cut to Job Corps operations and seeks greater authority to close Job Corps centers, despite the overwhelmingly bipartisan opposition to shuttering these vital job training facilities. The president’s budget also seeks a 41 percent cut to National Dislocated Worker Grants, which help workers get back on their feet after large, unexpected layoffs, and completely eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which provides job training and community service opportunities for seniors in need.
“Americans deserve a budget that invests in their health, their education, and their future. Instead, President Trump’s budget proposal seeks to pay for the cost of his reckless tax cuts by raiding important investments that would improve the lives of people across the country.”