PRESS STATEMENT

Congressional Budget Would Place Heavy Burden on Working Families While Slashing Taxes for the Wealthy

October 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) denounced the Senate budget resolution, S. Con. Res. 25. The budget amends H. Con. Res. 71, the budget blueprint passed by the House earlier this month, and will slash funding for crucial programs to provide massive tax cuts to wealthy people and large corporations. Among the budget’s most devastating cuts are to programs that help children, seniors and working families stay above the poverty line.

“Cutting billions of dollars from key programs that help millions of Americans, including many Latino families, will have a catastrophic impact on their ability to meet basic needs like putting food on the table and a roof over their heads,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

The budget resolution that passed last night by a narrow margin would result in a massive cut of more than $1.8 trillion to Medicaid, Medicare and Affordable Care Act subsidies for health insurance and health programs, and $800 billion in reductions to income security programs, which include child nutrition programs, SNAP and refundable portions of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit. In addition, it would advance efforts to restrict eligibility for taxpaying immigrant families and their U.S.-citizen children for the CTC—an effective tool that lifted nearly one million Latinos out of poverty in 2015.

“The budget would strip billions from our community, impacting the nearly four million U.S.-citizen children who have an immigrant parent, risking pushing them into poverty. To do this while providing a deficit-busting tax cut to the wealthy is shameful and goes against our values as a nation,” Murguía added.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@unidosus.org
(305) 215-4259

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