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Jeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream'

Jeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream'
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE's proposed federal budget Tuesday, dubbing it a "declaration of war on the American dream."

"President Trump's budget is reckless, regressive and retrograde and is a declaration of war on the American dream," Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters after the caucus's latest meeting. 

"Once again, the president has shown the American people he's all about elevating the wealthy, the well-off and the well-connected, and everybody else is left to fend for themselves," he continued.

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Jeffries was joined by Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Tensions rise with Trump, Barr Maloney to lead Democrats' campaign arm Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (D-Mass.), the caucus's co-chair, who said Trump's budget contradicts what he said last week during his annual State of the Union address. 

In his speech, the president told the country, "We will always protect your Medicare and we will always protect you Social Security."

Clark pointed out that Trump's proposed $4.8 trillion budget would slash $24 million from Social Security, $500 billion from Medicare and $900 billion from Medicaid over the next decade.

The congresswoman echoed Jeffries: "Budgets are always a roadmap of our values, and this one clearly shows that this president and his administration's value remain clearly with those who have already achieved great wealth and power."