Delaney: Trump’s Budget is an Attack on Maryland, the Governor and all Elected Officials Should Reject It
WASHINGTON – Today President Trump released his first budget proposal, outlining his blueprint for the next fiscal year. The White House budget includes drastic cuts to domestic programs, including large reductions in education grants, transportation, science and research, economic development programs, and assistance to the poor. President Trump’s budget includes a 19% cut to the National Institutes of Health, a complete elimination of federal support for Chesapeake Bay cleanup and an elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an agency tasked with boosting economic development in Appalachia, including the three western most counties in Maryland. In 2016 alone, local projects in Garrett, Allegany and Washington County received over $1.8 million in ARC funding.
According to analysis by Moody’s Analytics reported in the Washington Post, President Trump’s budget proposals could increase unemployment in the capital region by 1.8%, reduce personal income by 3.5% and lower home prices by 1.9%.
“Donald Trump’s economically illiterate budget is an attack on Maryland and a disaster for our economy,” said Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). “Every elected official in Maryland should be marching to the White House to object to this budget. This budget guts the National Institutes of Health, eliminates federal funding to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and eliminates federal economic development grants to Western Maryland. There’s no way of spinning this: from Cumberland to the Chesapeake to St. Mary’s this budget is an assault on Maryland’s economy, environment and quality of life. This budget is terrible national policy but it’s even worse for Maryland, and anyone who doesn’t fight back is doing a disservice to our state. I call on Governor Hogan in particular, since he is in the same party as the President, to forcefully reject this budget.
“By cutting federal support for education, science and medical research, clean energy and transportation, this budget hurts our long-term economic prospects and hurts America’s ability to compete in a global economy. I don’t think anyone expected President Trump’s budget to help the vulnerable and less fortunate and predictably this budget cruelly punishes those in need, but it’s shocking to see a purported business leader actively hurt our long-term business climate so brazenly. President Trump’s budget flat-out hurts our ability to compete in high-wage industries like next generation energy production, biosciences, medicine and cyber. You don’t put America first by making the country less educated, dirtier and more isolated.”
President Trump’s budget:
- Eliminates the Appalachian Regional Commission, which provided over $1.8 million in economic development grants to Western Maryland in 2016.
- Eliminates funding for the TIGER grant infrastructure program, a $499 million dollar cut to America’s infrastructure.
- Eliminates the Essential Air Service program which supports rural airports, including the Hagerstown Regional Airport.
- Eliminates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which assists families with heating and cooling costs.
- Eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Includes a 19% cut to the National Institutes of Health, reducing funding by $5.8 billion.
- Includes a 29% cut to the State Department, including major cuts to diplomacy, development and climate change programs
- Includes a 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency and a full elimination of federal support for Chesapeake Bay cleanup as well as over 50 other environmental programs.
- Includes a 21% cut to the Department of Agriculture with major cuts to nutrition assistance programs.
- Includes a 14% cut to the Department of Education, including reductions to before-school and after-school programs and financial aid.
- Includes a 6% cut to the Department of Energy and major cuts to climate science and clean energy programs.