De Blasio on Trump budget: ‘Children will die’

De Blasio on Trump budget: ‘Children will die’
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday said that “children will die” if President Trump’s proposed budget is approved by Congress.

“It is not an overstatement to say that some children will die because of this,” he said at a press conference in the Bronx, according to The New York Daily News. 

De Blasio cited proposed cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance program and food stamps as evidence the budget would harm children.

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“Think about that for a moment — 125,000 children who will be less healthy because of Trump’s budget,” he said. "Five hundred thousand kids in [Trump's] hometown will have less food to eat because of this proposal."

“A plan written by billionaires and millionaires for billionaire and millionaires — that’s what this is. It’s transparent. The money is going to come off the backs of working people, and in many cases, children.”

The Daily News reported that Trump’s proposed cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance program would result in 125,000 children in New York City losing their insurance or having it scaled back.

Trump’s proposed cuts to food stamp programs would hit about 1.7 million New Yorkers, about half a million of whom are children.

The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a fiscal 2018 budget seeking $1.5 trillion in nondefense discretionary cuts and $1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade. The plan, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” would also add nearly half a trillion dollars to defense spending.

Congress is expected to reject many of the proposals as it takes up the budget in the coming weeks and months.