Steve Daines is Donald Trump’s man, through and through. He’s made it clear, through his campaign events, Fox News appearances, and even his Facebook ads, that he’s running for re-election to support Donald Trump’s agenda for America. Daines has even stood by the President when his destructive trade war has devastated Montana agriculture and when he has used vile language to describe women, the disabled, and members of Congress.
But yesterday, President Trump released a budget that should, if he had a shred of concern for Montanans, cause Senator Daines to criticize the President in the loudest voice he can muster from the back of Greg Gianforte’s jet.
The budget Trump presented would, without even balancing the budget, slash funds for student loans, public schools, Medicare, Medicaid, and our public lands.
Despite promising just days ago that he would protect Medicare, Trump proposed massive cuts to it and Medicaid, as the Wall Street Journal reports:
The White House proposes to cut spending by $4.4 trillion over a decade. Of that, it targets $2 trillion in savings from mandatory spending programs, including $130 billion from changes to Medicare prescription-drug pricing, $292 billion from safety-net cuts—such as work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps—and $70 billion from tightening eligibility access to disability benefits.
The budget would lower future spending from where it would be under current policy.
Steve Daines has to decide: does he stand with President Trump, or does he denounce cuts in health programs for elderly and impoverished Montanans?
The Trump budget, while offering tax breaks costing $5 billion for private schools, will cut $60 billion from loan forgiveness programs and reduce Department of Education funding that provides supports for rural schools, students in poverty, and after-school programs that help disadvantaged students prepare for school by almost 8%.
Steve Daines has to decide: does he stand with President Trump, or does he denounce cuts that will have a devastating impact on our neediest students and those entering the workforce after college?
The Vet Voice Foundation’s response to the national parks cuts were severe. “Their latest proposal to cut funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 97% is a broadside against our nation’s veterans, who have long-turned to our public lands – places like parks and historic battlefields – for healing and reflection as they transition out of the military and back to civilian life,” said Will Goodwin, a U.S. Army veteran, associated with the Vet Voice Foundation.
Steve Daines has to decide: does he stand with President Trump or does he denounce massive cuts to a program he called “one of [his]highest priorities in the U.S. Senate” before claiming he would “not stop fighting until we get full funding of LWCF.”
Steve Daines has to decide: does he stand with President Trump, or does he stand up for a program he claims is vital for protecting “the rich outdoor heritage of Montana.” Does he stand with President Trump, or does he stand with our national parks which, despite decades of deferred maintenance needs, would see a $581 million cut?
It’s time for Steve Daines to decide: does he stand with the President’s cruel budget that will undermine the well-being of our people and lands, or does he stand with Montana?
His silence yesterday, when he had no response to the Trump budget but had time to post a video touting his continued support for voting against impeachment, should tell us all we need to know about what matters to Senator Steve Daines, and it sure as hell isn’t with us.
Isn’t it time we elect a Senator who cares more about Montana than massaging Donald Trump’s ego?