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Lipinski: Trump Budget Would Have Devastating Impact on Nation

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) issued the following statement today:

“If approved, President Trump's budget would decimate funding for too many programs important to our children, future, economy, and neighbors that need help the most. 

“Trump’s budget would compromise the short and long-term health of our nation, especially for those individuals and families that are living paycheck to paycheck.  While investments in education, infrastructure, and innovation set the foundation for our future growth, many of these programs face significant cuts, if not outright termination, under this budget.  It doubles down on Medicaid cuts proposed in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by calling for per capita caps or block grants and $610B in Medicaid cuts over ten years.  The National Institutes of Health would see their funding cut by about 20%, which would have a significant impact on research into lifesaving cures and treatments for diseases.  Also, a massive 30% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, including programs that protect the Great Lakes, would certainly have a long-range impact on our public health and the land, water, and air we rely on.

“Instead of investing in our future and boosting our economy, the Trump budget also cuts and eliminates many job-creating programs.  It guts the Highway Trust Fund by nearly $100 billion over 10 years, eliminates TIGER grants (which have in the past funded multiple transit projects in Chicago), and significantly reduces funding for the transit programs many CTA, Metra, and PACE riders rely on.  The budget also undermines innovation and scientific research programs, including funding cuts for the National Science Foundation by about $800 million, Energy Department Office of Science by over 16% (which is the account that funds national labs, including Argonne and Fermi), and eliminates funding for ARPA-E (which advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment).  It also slashes funding for the Small Business Administration and would eliminate the Economic Development Administration, which directly focuses on private sector job creation.

“In addition, the President’s budget seems to go to great lengths to hurt hard-working middle-class families, cutting education-related programs that allow individuals to further themselves in ways their parents only dreamed about.  The President’s plan cuts student loans, financial aid, and repayment programs by a total of $143 billion over the next 10 years, raising students’ costs to attend or finish their degree, and he reduces our nation’s commitment to public pre-kindergarten education by more than $9 billion.

“And while the budget invests heavily in the defense of our nation, it undercuts that goal with a 28% cut to the State Department, which will have a significant impact on our ability to advance and protect America’s interests in the world.  Our nation’s security depends on effective pairing of defense and diplomacy, and these cuts undermine our ability to work with allies to assure global and national security.  My constituents and all Americans deserve much better than this budget.”