Lowey Outlines Dangerous Impact of Trump Budget on New York Families
Lowey: “President Trump’s budget proposal is a cruel attack on the prosperity, health, and safety of New York families.”
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today outlined the dangerous impact President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would have on the economic growth, wellbeing, and safety of hardworking families in the Lower Hudson Valley.
“President Trump’s budget proposal is a cruel attack on the prosperity, health, and safety of New York families,” said Lowey. “This budget is a radical departure from the bipartisan appropriations bill that Congress passed—and the President signed—just three weeks ago. It would gut critical services and programs secured in the Omnibus, inducing devastating whiplash for working New Yorkers, hospitals, law enforcement, schools, and infrastructure across New York.”
Economic growth and job creation would be undermined by cuts in the budget proposal:
- Eliminates TIGER Grants and reduces the Capital Investment (New Starts) Grant Program by $928 million, making it more difficult to fund major local infrastructure projects. In 2015, Lowey helped secure a $10 million TIGER Grant to help implement a bus rapid transit system on the New New York Bridge to better connect Rockland and Westchester for residents and commuters.
- Reduces funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $7.5 billion, a cut of 21.9%, resulting in 5,000-8,000 fewer research grants, directly harming our ability to find cures for diseases that wreak havoc on hardworking families throughout New York. In 2016 the NIH provided more than $2.2 billion in biomedical research funding to New York and added more than $4.6 billion to the New York economy.
The President’s budget would devastate the health, education, and wellbeing of hardworking New Yorkers, by reducing funding for essential programs and support services. The budget would:
- Cut Medicaid by more than $800 billion over 10 years and slash the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by 20%, jeopardizing the health care of hundreds of thousands of low-income New York families and children.
- For the first time in history, explicitly prohibits Planned Parenthood from receiving any funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hurting millions who receive life-saving screenings and basic health care from Planned Parenthood.
- Reestablish for veterans the practice of rounding down annual Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for service-connected disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, and certain education programs, cutting $2.68 billion in COLA benefits for former service members in New York and across the country over the next decade.
- Make higher education more expensive by cutting federal work study in half, preventing inflationary increases for Pell Grants, and eliminating the Child Care Access Means Parents in School initiative, which serves Rockland Community College and provides child care for low-income parents taking college courses so students can enter the workforce more quickly with less debt.
- Eliminate afterschool activities for 87,480 New York schoolchildren.
- Cutting funds for Federal (TRIO), which helps disadvantaged students complete postsecondary degrees. These cuts would jeopardize grants provided to Rockland Community College, Westchester Community College, and Mercy College to assist 555 students since 2015.
- Eliminate the Legal Services Corporation which was created to ensure that all Americans have access to a lawyer for civil legal issues regardless of their ability to pay. New York has seven LSCs including Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in White Plains, which received $1,752,426 in FY16 and served 15,910 people in 2015, including over 6,000 children.
- Eliminate the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provided $364.2 million to help more than 1 million vulnerable New York households afford heating and cooling last year. This program is aimed at assisting seniors, the disabled, and low-income families with children avoid health complications from bitter cold and extreme heat.
The President’s budget proposal jeopardizes our homeland security by gutting critical programs that keep New Yorkers safe from terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The President’s proposal:
- Cut $118 million from the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), including roughly $19 million from New York State, 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 $156 million, with more than $44 million in cuts for the New York metro area, which could jeopardize critical homeland security and counter terrorism funding and put a greater burden on New York taxpayers.
- Eliminate the National Flood Insurance Program’s Flood Hazard Mapping Program, an essential program in the wake of Hurricane Sandy used to identify flood hazards, assess flood risk, and partner with states and communities to provide accurate flood hazard and risk data.
- Includes $1.6 billion for President Trump’s useless border wall that Mexico will never pay for and will not adequately protect our nation’s borders.
“The President has the power to propose a budget, but Congress has the power to dispose of that request,” said Lowey. “I remain ready to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle on solutions that will help create good-paying jobs, support hardworking New York families, and protect our national security. But President Trump’s budget proposal is dead on arrival.”