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TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH: Trump’s budget has been criticized for cutting into programs for the poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments. We leave you with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s take on it.


CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN ON THE BUDGET: Yoly Cuello spoke with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen about the federal budget, on her show “Noticiero del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.

Ros-Lehtinen focused on Trump’s first budget (read more here). She said, “I am really worried about the cuts that I have seen in this budget. For example, it is going to cut Medicaid which is a program that is designed to help elderly people and those that have children and people with disabilities. These and other programs, including one called the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which focuses on children will be cut significantly.” She continued, “we are talking about billions of dollars that are going to be cut from Medicaid and CHIP, as well as other welfare programs. These welfare programs help with many aspects of daily life including the nutrition and the food stamp program, which will also have extensive cuts. We can’t take away around $190 billion dollars.” When asked what else could get affected, Ros-Lehtinen stated, “there is also another cut for young people that received student loans from the government, the budget would be reduced by $43 billion dollars for those that are studying and working, so that they don’t have to pay the loans. If this budget gets approved, they are going to have to pay for them. They won’t be getting any help. There is also the effects on retirement and disability programs. It is such a long list of cuts that I don’t think that this budget is going to pass in the House. There is a lot of resistance, and there are a lot of people that are against this budget. I think that we are going to say no to Donald Trump’s budget. Poor people need help, as well as disabled people. This is not a budget that the people in Miami-Dade County can support.”


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