Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on the Effect of the President’s Budget on New York and the Lower Hudson Valley

March 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today outlined the devastating impact President Donald Trump’s budget would have on New York families.

“Budgets are a statement of values, and it is clear this Administration does not value investments that support hardworking New Yorkers,” said Lowey. “Instead of responsible solutions that will help move us forward, President Trump’s budget savages programs critical to the health, education, and economic security of families in the Lower Hudson Valley.”

The President’s budget cuts or eliminates funding for critical programs that provide for our homeland security and keep New Yorkers safe from terrorist threats and natural disasters. The President’s budget:

  • Cuts $117 million from the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), including $19.2 million from New York State, endangering state and local planning, organizing, equipment, and training to prevent and protect our communities against acts of terrorism.
  • Cuts the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) by $150 million, with an estimated $44.7 million cut for the New York metro area, and jeopardizing critical homeland security and counter terrorism funding and putting a larger burden on New York taxpayers.
  • Eliminates 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 risks, and partner with states and communities to provide accurate flood hazard and risk data.

Medical research is vital to the health and economy of the Lower Hudson Valley, yet the President’s budget would:

  • Reduce funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by nearly $6 billion, or 19%, resulting in 5,000 fewer research grants studying cancer, heart disease, and more. 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 vulnerable New York families by cutting and reducing funding for critical job training programs and support services. The budget would:

  • Eliminate the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provided $364.2 million to help more than one 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.
  • Decimate bipartisan investments in job training and employment services with a cut of approximately $2 billion, which would leave 452,615 New Yorkers without access to job training programs to build skills for a 21st century economy.
  • 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.
  • Eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, which invested $143.4 million into New York community service projects such as AmeriCorps in 2017.

Higher education brings millions of Americans into the middle class, and ensures America continues to lead in a 21st century economy. The President’s budget puts America’s future leaders in jeopardy by:

  • Eliminating after-school programs for 87,480 New York students.
  • Making college more expensive by cutting Federal Work-Study programs, which support students who work their way through college.
  • 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.

“Congress writes the Appropriations laws that fund the federal government—not the President, and this budget is dead on arrival,” said Lowey. “As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting for commonsense federal investments that create good paying jobs, rebuild our bridges and schools, and keep New Yorkers healthy and safe.”