Congressman Serrano Pans President Trump’s Budget Blueprint
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee, today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget blueprint:
“President Trump’s budget blueprint is an insult to working families and a blow to the future of America. Trump claims he is “draining the swamp” of special interests and cutting wasteful government spending; what he is really doing is disinvesting in the most important programs for our economic competitiveness, the well-being of all Americans, and continued global leadership. He claims increases are needed for defense spending and a needless and expensive border wall – neither of which have any substantive justification.
“I am particularly concerned that this budget proposal guts a number of areas that have I fought for and that have been important for me as a member of Congress for decades. It harms the environment by gutting funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $2.5 billion or 31%. It weakens workforce protections by cutting funding for the Department of Labor by $2.5 billion or 21%, and hurts underserved communities by reducing access to affordable housing and eliminating funding for community programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a cut of $6.2 billion, or 13%. The Trump budget cuts these and other programs that are crucial for areas like the Bronx.
“As the Ranking Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I am disturbed by the fact that this proposal hurts a number of programs that are critical for a robust economy and the protection of civil rights. The proposal for the Department of Commerce eliminates funding for key programs that help businesses and manufacturers to succeed and expand, including the Minority Business Development Administration, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, and the Economic Development Administration. The proposal would also end funding for the Legal Services Corporation, which provides grants to local legal services providers who ensure that low-income individuals and families can assert their legal and constitutional rights. These proposals are not based in reality- in many cases, Republicans in Congress support these programs because of the positive impact that they have in both red and blue states.
“To claim that you will “Make America Great Again” while ransacking the programs that invest in America’s competitiveness and leadership, spur scientific innovation, create jobs, protect our environment, and make quality education accessible for our future generations is an oxymoron. Trump’s proposal is dangerous in the short and long term, which is why I will do everything I can to prevent such extreme cuts from taking place. We need to maintain healthy levels of funding to guarantee our government is able to continue America’s global leadership.”
Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is the most senior Member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.