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San Diego Congress Members Blast Cuts in Trump’s First Official Budget

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Two members of Congress representing San Diego blasted President Trump’s first budget Tuesday, saying its extensive cuts to non-defense programs are bad for the city and working families.

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“The president’s budget will give the wealthiest a lift to the penthouse. But it won’t even give most of my constituents stairs to the next floor,” said Rep. Susan Davis in a statement.

The budget proposes deep cuts to many departments and programs, including environmental protection, scientific research, affordable housing, Medicaid and the arts. However, defense spending would rise by 10 percent and there would be more funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

“President Trump wants to take a meat-ax to medical and energy research funding and leave our researchers in San Diego with fewer resources to innovate and create the jobs of the future,” said Rep. Scott Peters. “Even with the boost in defense spending — which I support — this budget is a bad deal for San Diego.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a frequent critic of Trump, was also critical of the budget, which he said was “based on utterly bogus economic assumptions.”

“It gives a massive tax break to the wealthiest, while imposing painful and debilitating burdens on tens of millions of decent and hard-working people. It’s unconscionable and un-American,” Brown said.

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