Congressman Nadler Statement on President Trump’s FY19 Budget Proposal

Feb 13, 2018 Issues: Budget, New York and Our Neighborhoods

WASHINGTON, D.C. --Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's FY19 budget proposal:

"The Trump Administration’s FY19 budget proposal continues the disgraceful record of rewarding the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working families. We knew these cuts were coming the second the Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut that rewarded only the wealthiest Americans. We knew the administration would use that hole in the deficit to justify cutting funding for these critical programs. To see them in print is still galling.
"This budget proposes outrageous cuts to programs that help millions of working families in New York and around the country meet their most basic needs: $214 billion from SNAP (or food stamps), $6.8 billion from federal housing programs including a complete elimination of federal funding for public housing repairs, $4.4 billion from K-12 education, and $72 billion from disability programs. Once again, the budget also cuts all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The budget also continues the administration’s endless attack on healthcare for working families. On top of once again promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the administration proposes a $1.4 trillion cut from Medicaid over ten years coupled with work requirements and changes to Medicare payments that would result in $266 billion in cuts to hospitals and post-acute care facilities. The budget also defunds Planned Parenthood, leaving millions with no access to care. Of course, the administration attempted to distract us from these egregious funding cuts by trotting out a new infrastructure plan today as well, but that plan is a scam that would put most of the burden for funding our infrastructure on commuters and cash-strapped states, while their budget slashes $168 billion from transportation programs.
"There are many things I could say about this budget. It is inefficient and irresponsible. It is unrealistic. But at its core, this budget, like this administration, is heartless."