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May 23, 2017

Thompson Statement on Trump’s Homeland Security Budget Request

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Trump’s FY 2018 budget request: 

The FY 2018 budget submitted by the President is a disgrace.  It reflects his fundamental misunderstanding of the Federal government’s role in national security.  Not even a day has passed since an ISIS suicide bomber viciously killed innocent teenagers at a concert in the UK, and this President wants to gut programs that our first responders need to prevent and respond to such attacks.  At a time when the threats to the homeland are evolving at a rapid pace, this President wants to cut the research and development programs that could deliver the next-generation technologies we need to stay safe.  He makes these cuts to free up money to build a wall – a wall that stands no chance of preventing the kind of attack we saw last night or making our southern border more secure.  President Trump’s first budget claims to put us on a path to American greatness, but the only message it sends is: “You’re on your own.”

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