The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee tore into President Trump's newly released budget plan Tuesday, calling it "brainless" and "heartless" and posting a photo of the proposal in a recycling bin.
"This is where the #TrumpBudget belongs," Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenA Democratic plan to wipe out independent contractors Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Want a clean energy future? Look to the tax code MORE (D-Ore.) wrote on Twitter, attaching a photo of the disposed budget plan.
In a series of tweets assailing the president's proposal, Wyden said the plan "relies on Madoff-style accounting tricks," referring to former stockbroker Bernie Madoff, who was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 for his role in a massive Ponzi scheme.
"#TrumpBudget is brainless. It is heartless. And it relies on Madoff-style accounting tricks," he tweeted.
#TrumpBudget is brainless. It is heartless. And it relies on Madoff-style accounting tricks.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) May 23, 2017
Wyden, who also sits on the Budget Committee, took particular aim at the budget plan over its proposed cuts to federal entitlement programs, such as Medicaid and food assistance. The proposal, released Tuesday, would cut Medicaid by $1.4 trillion over 10 years and seeks broad reductions in nondefense discretionary spending.
In a statement released shortly after the budget proposal was revealed, Wyden cast the plan as an attack on working Americans that disproportionately affects low-income and disabled people who rely on safety-net programs.
"Here’s the bottom line: this budget is more than numbers on a ledger — it’s an assault on the fundamental idea that Americans should be there for one another when it counts," he said.