Blacks Have a Lot to Lose with Trump’s New Budget

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts or eliminates federal funding for Meals on Wheels, Pell Grants and Community Development Block Grants. Photo taken during a speech at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

By Lauren Victoria Burke
NNPA Newswire Contributor

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” targets a number of programs for severe cuts or outright elimination—programs that often help poor, working-class and Black families.
The budget plans to cut almost $4 billion in Pell Grants. More then half of African American college students receive Pell Grant awards each year.

Trump's budget also eliminates Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers roughly 218 million meals to the poor and elderly each year, according to a Meals on Wheels fact sheet. Minorities account for nearly 30 percent of seniors that receive home-delivered meals.

Trump's budget includes $1.5 billion to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. Despite Trump’s “America First” rhetoric, there’s no specific allocation to solve the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a $150 million fix, based on some estimates.

"We can't spend money on programs just, because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great," said Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, during a press briefing at the White House in March. Mulvaney suggested that Meals on Wheels, and other programs that offer free meals to students at school, were ineffective... Read Apr. 14, 2017's Issue Here.


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