- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Democratic congressional delegation attacked Republican President Donald Trump’s budget Thursday, contending it would be a disaster for the state’s economy, the public education system and its senior citizens.

Trump on Thursday unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget that cuts many domestic programs but includes a big increase for the military and a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said the budget was “built for corporate special interests, not hard-working families and small businesses.” She said it undermined the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis and also complained it would slash funding for “life-saving medical research” and cripple “our ability to fight climate change.”

“This budget is not fiscally responsible, it does not reflect New Hampshire’s economic priorities or America’s best interests, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that it does not become reality,” Hassan said in a statement.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the budget should “immediately go back to the drawing board,” adding that it will harm New Hampshire residents by cutting several programs including low-income heating assistance and funding for a range of environmental programs. She also said the budget undermines the government’s ability to keep the nation safe by “decimating our nation’s diplomatic corps and underfunding airport security.”

“This budget is a blueprint for undermining the health and well-being of Granite Staters and would be particularly devastating for seniors,” she said in a statement. “It’s needless and cruel to drastically cut programs that so many people in New Hampshire depend on like Meals on Wheels and heating assistance. It also makes no sense to cut clean air and water programs, coastal protection, and economic development to struggling rural communities.”

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, meanwhile, said the budget was “simply a disaster for our economy, environment, seniors, and hardworking families in New Hampshire and across the country.”

“This budget proposal should raise red flags for anyone who wants to grow our middle class, create good paying jobs, protect human health and our environment, and fight climate change,” Kuster said. “We can’t turn back the clock on the progress we’ve made in recent years to get our economy pointed in the right direction and this budget is little more than a return to the same failed policies of the past.”

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