Valley Independent Sentinel: DeLauro: Trump Budget Could Impact Domestic Violence Services
Rep. Rosa DeLauro told a roomful of leaders from groups that serve victims of domestic and sexual crimes Monday that she hopes a budget proposal from President Trump won’t hurt the thousands of area residents who seek help from them each year.
DeLauro said that lawmakers don’t yet know all of the specific programs that will be targeted for cuts in Trump’s “America First” budget.
But after noting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions voted against the most recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act while a senator, she said she’s not expecting much.
“I want to be pleasantly surprised,” DeLauro said. “That’s where we’re at. It’s like Stockholm Syndrome.”
The president’s administration is due to release more information next week about his 2018 budget proposal.
An outline of the spending plan contains planned cuts to departments like health and human services and the justice department, funding from which is vital for groups like BHcare’s Umbrella for Domestic Violence Services.