Rep. Karen Bass (Courtesy Photo)

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement reacting to the release of the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

“This budget has announced to the world that the method of choice to pay for the tax breaks the Trump administration gifted to corporations at the end of last year, is to take an ax to safety net services relied upon by millions of Americans and foreign aid relied upon by millions more around the world.

“Just like the one proposed last year, the President’s FY 2019 budget, which would sharply cut back Medicaid funding for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, demonstrates an excessive lack of understanding about what it means to rely on these programs. $9 billion in cuts to international diplomatic efforts will only further stunt and ultimately cripple our international prestige. Real leaders do not abandon millions seeking relief from starvation and war.

“I hope members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will ignore these deeply troubling proposals. It’s alarming that the President of the United States would publicly signal a willingness to abandon our elderly and poor as well as diminish our role on the worldwide stage.”