ALICE - US Congressman Filemon Vela stopped in Jim Wells County on Tuesday to discuss how President Donald Trump's budget cuts could affect the City of Alice and the county.
“The devastating effect that the Trump budget proposal has on, not just South Texas but the rural communities all across the country,” Vela said to a room full of city and community leaders.
The proposed Bill must go before the Senate before it can pass. However, if the budget passes in it's current state, many programs such as Medicaid, Head Start and Meals on Wheels would be eliminated, Vela said.
According to Vela, if the Bill passes, 23 million people will be out of health insurance and by 2026 there would be a 40 percent reduction in medical coverage. In the next 10 years, there would be a cut of $834 billion dollars alone in Medicaid.
“We have to do everything we can to resist the Trump budget,” Vela stated.
Ann Awalt, executive director of the Community Action agency, talked about how they see the programs such as Medicaid, Meals on Wheels and others help people on a day to day basis.
According to Awalt, Community Action serves about 20,000 people annually.
“When somebody asks me what are the effects of the Trump budget cuts the first thing that comes to mind is that we're trying to solve a 21st Century issue with a 17th Century approach," she said.
Attendees heard from Vela and others how the poor, disabled, elderly and small children would be affected if Trump's budget plan passes.