As Vice President Pence campaigns in Michigan, John James is still in hiding and has refused to answer questions on whether he supports the Trump administration’s budget proposal, which would be disastrous for Michigan families. Behind closed doors, he’s happy to join Trump and his friends at fundraisers and cozy up to elite out-of-state donors, but publicly James has ducked question after question on where he stands on the administration’s agenda.
With Pence in Michigan today, James must answer whether he supports the Trump administration’s toxic budget proposal:
- Does James support the administration slashing funding for Medicare and Medicaid, which seniors, hard-working families and our state’s most vulnerable rely on? James has refused to answer whether he supports Trump and Pence’s budget, which includes massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and will directly hurt Michigan families.
- Does James agree with the administration’s claim that the GOP’s Tax Scam in the budget blueprint, which cut taxes for billionaires and out-of-state corporations, will pay for themselves? James has called Republicans’ tax giveaway to billionaires and corporations, which has exploded the deficit, a “big beautiful Trump economic rocket ship” despite the fact that billionaires are now paying lower taxes than working families.
- Does James agree with the administration’s decision to drastically cut EPA funding, even though EPA supports critical research on PFAS and other drinking water threats? James has refused to answer questions on whether he supports a 26% cut to the EPA included in Trump’s budget, which would cut the Superfund program and clean water grants given to small and disadvantaged communities.
- Is James supportive of Trump eliminating the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and Community Development Block Grant that directly help working Michigan families? James has been silent on Trump completely cutting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which 442,000 low-income and rural Michiganders rely on. Further, Trump’s disastrous budget again proposes cutting the Community Development Block Grant program, which provides funding for affordable housing and economic development.
“As Pence travels to the Great Lakes state today, Michiganders still do not know where John James stands on the Trump administration’s disastrous budget which would gut funding that seniors and working families in our state rely on,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “Instead of spending time with Trump and his cronies and out-of-state GOP mega donors, James must face Michiganders on whether he supports the Trump administration slashing funding on critical programs we depend on.”
The Michigan Democratic Party launched JohnJamesRevealed.com to hold the failed U.S. Senate candidate accountable for his positions – including those made over the course of the 2018 campaign that he then tried to delete after losing that campaign. Since announcing he’d run again, just over six months after his last failed bid, James has been hiding from Michigan voters and refusing to answer questions from Michigan media.