Sr. Simone Campbell Responds to President’s “Skinny Budget”

Skinny Budget is the opposite of a faithful budget

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017 
Contact: Ashley Wilson, 202-601-7856

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, President Trump released his “Skinny Budget” –  a plan light on details but full of devastating cuts that would harm the most vulnerable people in our society.

In response, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, known for leading the Nuns on the Bus trip to speak out against Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposals, said, “Donald Trump campaigned claiming that he was going to ‘Make America great again,’ but in reality, the devastating cuts in his proposal breaks those promises and would harm the lives and livelihoods of Americans all across the country. Further, the President’s budget choices on housing, healthcare, homeland security, and the census all disproportionately affect the same group of people –   women, people of color, and all at the economic margins.”

Sr. Simone continued, “NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice instead calls for a Faithful Budget, which acknowledges that when people at the economic margins do better, we all do better. The President’s Budget is not a faithful budget; it eviscerates funding for housing, doesn’t fund the census, and creates more demand for mass deportation and detention while funding a massive and impractical border wall.”

“The President’s Budget does not reflect the values and priorities of everyday Americans. It does nothing to mend the gaps in income and wealth inequality, and instead will widen the gaps between the wealthiest and those at the economic margins of our communities,” Sister Simone concluded. “It’s no surprise that President Trump would prioritize the wealthiest in our nation, but Congress must ignore this ‘Skinny Budget’ preferencing ‘fat cats’  and prioritize common sense and compassion in housing, census, and homeland security funding as they move forward with FY2017 budget negotiations.”

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NETWORK, advocates for justice inspired by Catholic sisters, educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a more than 40-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS is available for interviews. For inquiries, contact Ashley Wilson awilson@networklobby.org or 202-601-7856.