Ms. Foundation for Women’s Statement on Trump’s “Budget” Proposal

NEW YORK, NY As a scandal-ridden Donald Trump unveils his “budget,” communities across the country are grappling with its impact on those already systemically disenfranchised, in particular women and communities of color.

Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO, Teresa C. Younger, issued the following response:

“Reminiscent to his campaign rhetoric, Trump’s proposed budget is a direct attack on the most vulnerable among us — women, immigrants, people of color and those who lack the means to fight back against his worst policies. In addition, Trump’s budget reneges on his biggest campaign promise not to strip Medicaid.

“Line by line, Trump’s budget cuts off critical pathways to economic security and undermines access to critical health service providers like Planned Parenthood — often the only source of healthcare for women in our nation’s poorest neighborhoods. Trump’s budget forces Congress to make a false choice, elevating the needs of corporations over women, children and those who lack a voice in our democratic process.

“For too long, economic empowerment of women of color in the United States has taken a backseat to bloated defense spending and tax cuts for businesses who will never trickle down their wealth. While this is only a proposal, the White House is sending a clear message to the American people about their priorities. We won’t go back — for many of us, our survival depends on it.

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For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in organizations nationwide.

 

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