Lowey Highlights the Disconnect Between Trump’s Divisive Budget Request and Reality for Lower Hudson Valley Families
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, today detailed the devastating consequences President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request would have on the safety, health, and security of hardworking families across New York.
“It has been less than a week since President Trump promised economic prosperity and accessible health care for all Americans in his State of the Union address,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Perhaps it’s no surprise his speech wrote checks his budget was never designed to cash. Instead of investing in programs critical to the health, education, and economic security of families in the Lower Hudson Valley, the President once again proposes wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary border wall.
The Trump Administration continues its assault on the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers. The budget would:
- Cut $3.3 billion from the National Institutes of Health, which send more than $2.6 billion in biomedical research funding to New York each year and create $6.5 billion in local economic activity which supports nearly 33,000 jobs;
- Eliminate hard-fought funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct gun violence prevention research;
- Weaken the CDC by gutting $678 million in important public health investments such as chronic disease prevention and health promotion and cutting by nearly half the Rapid Response Reserve Fund, the very fund that is being used to respond to emerging threats like the Coronavirus;
- Move the Center for Tobacco Products from FDA and into a new agency with a political appointee as Director, giving the tobacco industry a greater hand in shaping enforcement of the very laws designed to protect the public from the harms of tobacco; and
- Eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program funding, and impose a political test on funding for Title X Family Planning grants and Medicaid that restrict women’s rights and limit access to health care.
The budget would threaten the air we breathe and the water we drink by:
- Gutting the EPA by 26%;
- Eliminating funding for Long Island Sound; and
- Cutting the Clean Water State Revolving Funds and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds by 30%.
This proposal puts New Yorkers at risk by decimating protection against terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and accidents. President Trump hopes to:
- Cut $228 million from the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), endangering state and local planning, organizing, equipment, and training to prevent and protect our communities against acts of terrorism;
- Cut the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) by $239 million, which could jeopardize critical homeland security and counter-terrorism funding and put a greater burden on New York taxpayers;
- Cut Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) by $760 million, despite a number of recent fatal train accidents; and
- Slash $689 million in National Network grants from the FRA, jeopardizing safety improvements of passenger and freight rail infrastructure.
President Trump undermines our commitment to quality public education by proposing to:
- Eliminate the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which was the first federal initiative specifically designed to serve school-age students outside of regular school hours;
- Make college less affordable by eliminating Public Service Loan Forgiveness and cutting $680 million from Federal Work Study;
- Reduce support to disadvantaged students by cutting $140 million from Federal TRIO and eliminating GEAR UP and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants;
- Reduce child care for parents seeking higher education by cutting $38 million to the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, which provides vital campus-based child care so parents can successfully work towards completing their degree, and currently funds child care at Rockland Community College and Westchester Community College; and
- Eliminate Preschool Development Grants which provided $13.4 million for New York in FY19.
President Trump’s callous cuts would harm those most in need and stunt economic growth across the Lower Hudson Valley. His budget aims to:
- Impose work requirements that harm low-income students, the disabled, and seniors, and cut Medicare by an estimated $500 billion;
- Demean the integrity of our working poor by imposing a so-called Harvest Box that would force Americans to eat foods selected by bureaucrats rather than allowing families to decide what foods best meet their needs;
- Eliminate Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides life-saving heating and cooling assistance to more than one million New Yorkers;
- Repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and gut more than $292 billion in safety net programs including Medicaid and nutritional assistance for low-income Americans;
- Eliminate Community Development Block Grants; and
- Close the Economic Development Administration, which provides federal grants to communities to support locally-developed economic plans.
“President Trump and Republicans in Congress have a lot of explaining do about the misguided priorities in this budget proposal,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I am committed to working with my colleagues to write appropriations bills that ensure growth in our economy, create new jobs, and protect New Yorkers.”