Bonamici Statement on Cuts to Education Programs in President’s Budget
WASHINGTON, DC [02/12/18] — Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a leader on the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after the President released his budget proposal:
“There are many problems with the President’s proposed budget, but I am especially concerned about how the budget would affect education. Once again, President Trump and his Administration are undermining public education programs and policies that give students and working families in our country the opportunity for a better future. The Trump budget would be a disaster for public education and would make college more expensive, which is especially problematic for low-income students. Siphoning a billion public dollars to create a new voucher program, slashing vital programs for teachers, and eliminating funding for programs that enhance student learning – like after-school programs, literacy grants, and programs to improve academic achievement and college preparation – will not help America’s students and public education thrive.
“I am encouraged that the President’s budget proposes to auto-enroll struggling borrowers into manageable repayment plans, which I first proposed in my bipartisan SIMPLE Act. But I am disappointed that the President would make repaying student loans more expensive. The budget also proposes to eliminate grants that help low-income students afford college, and it gets rid of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. This budget would put the education of an entire generation of students at risk, and I will be fighting in Congress to maintain these important investments for Oregon families and students.
“In December, the President signed a bill that gives massive tax breaks to wealthy corporations and individuals, adding more than a trillion dollars to the US debt. Now, the President is proposing diverting resources from programs that support working families, students, and vulnerable communities. A budget is a statement of our values, and this is the wrong direction.”