Don't drop the safety net

If President Donald Trump truly wanted to put the taxpayer first, he would start by strengthening and protecting America's safety net ("Trump budget lays out deep cuts to safety net programs," May 23). Instead, his budget proposal would push millions of Americans deeper into poverty and take food out of the mouths of working families, children, seniors and the disabled.

Although some, including Gov. Larry Hogan, say the proposed budget is unlikely to pass as is, we can't afford to let this grotesque proposal be the starting place for budget negotiations. Maryland's congressional delegation, especially Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, should work across the aisle to vigorously oppose any budget proposal that threatens the integrity of programs like SNAP and Medicaid. 

Jami-Lin Williams, Baltimore

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