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Congressman Sander Levin says Trump's budget plan could hurt Oakland and Macomb counties

Jun 19, 2017

President Trump’s proposed budget could mean trouble for southeast Michigan.

That’s the opinion of Congressman Sander Levin and more than 20 organizations in the area.

The congressman met with representatives from different organizations at risk of losing federal funding if the president’s budget is approved.

Levin says the proposed budget has very few positives, if any, for Michigan residents.

“I don’t want people to go hungry because of these cuts, I don’t want them to be in the cold without assistance for heat,” Levin said.

President Trump says his budget puts people who pay taxes first, and cuts federal spending by over $3 trillion over the next decade, while increasing spending on defense and security.

Levin believes the president was misinformed when creating the budget.

“How is cutting Medicaid and health research putting Americans first? It’s putting so many people here in Michigan last,” Levin said. 

Susan Mann is a breast cancer survivor. She says programs that saved her life could lose some federal funding.

“Through those two programs, the breast and cervical cancer control and Medicaid, I was able to receive treatment. I’m a survivor. I just got a test result back showing no evidence of disease,” Mann said.

Trump’s proposed budget would cut Medicaid funding by $610 billion over the next 10 years.

More than two million people in Michigan receive health coverage through Medicaid.

The budget would also cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Social Security Disability Insurance, and the Community Development Block Grants among other services.