McSally Owns Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts
Martha McSally Owns Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts To Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance
McSally must answer for Trump’s proposed deep cuts to funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, superfund site cleanup, student loan forgiveness, and Medicaid
PHOENIX — Ahead of Donald Trump’s Arizona visit next week to boost U.S. Sen. Martha McSally‘s lagging campaign, McSally is fully on the hook for Trump’s 2021 budget request and its deep cuts to health care, education, and environmental programs that impact millions of Arizonans.
Ever since McSally and Republicans passed their 2017 tax law, which has McSally’s corporate donors saving billions in taxes while working people get left behind, Republicans have looked to pass deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
Last month, Trump floated earned benefit cuts and released a proposal for Medicaid cuts and caps. And in addition to targeting Medicaid for deep cuts, the new Trump budget request also slashes education funding, as well as funding for medical research, student debt forgiveness, and even toxic waste cleanup programs.
As Trump put it in July, McSally is “fully supportive of our agenda.” So, make no mistake: McSally fully owns Trump’s budget proposal that:
cuts at least $700 billion from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Arizona’s state Medicaid program, AHCCCS, covers 3 in 5 Arizona nursing home residents and 2 in 5 kids. Medicaid is also a “significant funding source for the Indian health system, covering more than one-in-four patients.”
cuts “$465 billion from Medicare providers.”
cuts 9% from the Department of Health and Human Services, including from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
cuts 13% from the Department of Interior’s budget. Here in Arizona, the Department of Interior “manage[s] and conserve[s] 12.2 million acres of public land and 17.5 million subsurface acres,” across the state.
cuts $113 million from the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program, part of a $2.4 billion proposed cut from the Environmental Protection Agency. There are over a dozen Superfund sites in Arizona, including six sites that are at risk of being made worse by wildfires and flooding stemming from the climate crisis.