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List of all transit projects in line for federal funds in the next few years, but which would have their funding cut with Trump budget. pic.twitter.com/Hkor98PiUD
— Yonah Freemark (@yfreemark) March 16, 2017
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. @RealDonaldTrump has promised to rebuild our nation's infrastructure, but it is impossible to square his words with his budget proposal. pic.twitter.com/CzmKlKxRng
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According to a statement by The United States Conference of Mayors, the cuts would be significant:
“Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are the heart, lungs, and backbone of cities and counties, small, medium and large. By eliminating or cutting them, the Administration mortally wounds the places where the majority of Americans live, work and play. Such a move risks ending or harming programs that keep Americans safe, help them find better-paying jobs, improve their health and keep public facilities in good shape. It is an attack on places the President said he wanted to help.”
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The proposal does not seek to impact the housing voucher programs, such as Section 8, which provide what is considered “immediate” assistance to many low-income Americans. But reducing capital funding means existing public housing buildings will deteriorate at a faster rate, further straining government resources.
These cuts, and others proposed by the administration , will likely affect marginalized and disadvantaged communities the most. Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, told the New York Daily News that this budget proposal signifies the administration’s impending "assault on poor people in America."
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List of all transit projects in line for federal funds in the next few years, but which would have their funding cut with Trump budget. pic.twitter.com/Hkor98PiUD
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Seth Meyers took a swipe at President Donald Trump for following up several recent setbacks with a highly controversial budget proposal on the most recent edition of "A Closer Look."
"This week, we've seen Donald Trump's latest travel ban blocked yet again by a judge, his health care bill start to fall apart , and his wiretapping claims debunked ," the host said on Thursday's episode of NBC's "Late Night." "And now on top of all that, he unveiled a drastic new budget plan that slashes anti-poverty programs."
Trump presented his budget proposal on Thursday, which quickly found opposition for its cuts in federal funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, public media such NPR and PBS, and social service programs,  including Meals on Wheels .
"Donald Trump, I understand you won. And because you won, you get to suggest cuts to the budget," Meyers said, before acknowledging that cuts to the EPA and NEA were to be expected.
"But Meals on Wheels?" he continued. "How dead inside do you have to be to not want old people to get food? Your heart is so small, it makes your tiny hands look like catcher mitts. Old people voted for you. Your key demographics were old people and older people. They believed you when you said you cared about them."
Watch the latest "A Closer Look" segment below:
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After President Donald Trump unveiled a budget plan Thursday that would eliminate the grant program that covers Meals on Wheels , which serves meals to homebound senior citizens, Seth Meyers had a take of his own on what he called “drastic” proposed cuts by the POTUS.
During the “A Closer Look” segment of Thursday’s episode of Late Night, the host bashed Trump for planning to slash a program that feeds the elderly. “How dead inside do you have to be to not want old people to get food?,” he asked. “Your heart is so small it makes your tiny hands look like catcher mitts.”
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