February 12, 2020 Press Release

After Countless Promises to Protect Arizonans’ Social Security and Medicare, Trump Takes Axe to Vital Programs

After Countless Promises to Protect Arizonans’ Social Security and Medicare, Trump Takes Axe to Vital Programs

PHOENIX —  After Saturday, tweeting that he “wouldn’t touch” Arizonans’ earned benefits, Donald Trump yesterday released a budget that takes an axe to vital programs that working families rely on — including AHCCCS and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Republicans have been pushing for such cuts since they passed huge tax cuts for profitable corporations and the wealthiest Americans, that have largely left working for families comparatively behind, but helped dozens of Fortune 500 corporations pay $0 in federal income tax.

Trump’s budget request:

These cuts are no surprise, as Trump is clearly hell-bent on pursuing deep cuts to these vital programs. Just last month, Trump opened the door to future cuts to Social Security and Medicare. And last year, Trump’s FY2020 budget request proposed cutting $575 billion from Medicare and spending $26 billion less on Social Security programs.

Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director Herschel Fink released the following statement:

“Arizonans can’t rely on Donald Trump to take care of their hard-earned benefits. Trump’s FY21 budget proposal prioritizes his rich donors and special interest groups while demonstrating how little he cares about hardworking Arizonans. Democrats are ready to fight tooth and nail to protect these vital programs and ensure the well-being of every Arizonan.”