Immediately after President Donald Trump signed into law a tax overhaul that jacks up the deficit by $1.5 trillion—and unabashedly funnels enormous tax cuts to the nation’s millionaires, billionaires, and corporations—he and his colleagues in Congress made clear how they planned to pay for it: by slashing the very programs that help everyday people make ends meet. In February, President Trump released a budget that doubles down on his Robin Hood in reverse vision for the country. His proposals are draconian—seeking to dismantle the nation’s health care system; dramatically curtailing access to affordable housing and nutrition; and even threatening programs that Trump pledged not to touch, such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
The president’s proposed budget is poised to wreak havoc upon diverse swaths of individuals, who will be hurt in distinct yet similar ways. These fact sheets detail just some of the many harms that people with disabilities, older individuals, communities of color, veterans, young children, women, LGBTQ individuals, and rural communities will face under President Trump’s FY 2019 budget.
Eliza Schultz is the research associate for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Katherine Gallagher Robbins is the director of Poverty Policy at the Center. Rejane Frederick is an associate director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. Silva Mathema is a senior policy analyst of Immigration Policy at the Center. Connor Maxwell is the research associate for Progress 2050 at the Center. Heidi Schultheis is a policy analyst for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. Anusha Ravi is a research assistant for the Women’s Initiative at the Center. Leila Schochet is a research and advocacy manager for Early Childhood Policy at the Center. Leonard Scott IV is the special assistant for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. Shabab Ahmed Mirza is a research assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center.