Lowey Statement on President Trump’s 2020 Budget Request
WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request:
“President Trump has somehow managed to produce a budget request even more untethered from reality than his past two. This irresponsible proposal slashes investments in America’s working families to unworkable budget cap levels, resulting in cuts of 9 percent to programs like early childhood education, job training, law enforcement, safe drinking water, and scientific and medical research. The recklessness of the Trump budget is underscored by its inclusion of $8.6 billion in border wall funding, an egregious waste of money that does nothing to make our country safer. Moreover, the use of a massive budgetary gimmick to hide the true cost of his defense spending request should outrage everyone who claims to care about fiscal responsibility.
“With such misguided priorities, the Trump budget has no chance of garnering the necessary bipartisan support to become law. I am committed to working with my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans, to write appropriations bills that responsibly fund the government. In order for us to complete an orderly and responsible fiscal year 2020 appropriations process, Congress and the President must quickly agree on a framework that raises caps for defense and non-defense investments alike. By raising the spending caps with parity, we can invest in the American people, grow our economy, create jobs, and protect our nation.”
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