Ruppersberger: Trump Budget Request Would Be ‘Disastrous’ for Maryland, Job Creation
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018:
“I agree with the President that we must increase support for our Armed Forces and veterans – many of which live in and work at the two Army bases and Air National Guard base in the Second District. Funding our national security is Congress’s top responsibility.
But military spending alone won’t secure all Americans. The President is calling his proposal a ‘skinny’ budget and clearly he’s been on an elimination diet. His proposal raids programs that support jobs, infrastructure and life-saving medical research to instead fund non-starters like the border wall and private school vouchers. The President’s budget is particularly disastrous for Maryland, where about 10 percent of our workforce is employed by a civilian federal agency.
The proposal also eliminates federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, an effort critical to the $1 trillion watershed economy. It slashes the budget of the National Institutes of Health – where more than 17,000 people conduct life-saving research at its Bethesda headquarters – by $6 billion. It eliminates nearly $500 million from the TIGER grant program, which Maryland relies on to fund roads, transit and other job-creating infrastructure projects. The President did not even spare the Community Development Block Grant program, which has been used to revitalize some of Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods.
While this budget, thankfully, stands little chance of ever becoming law, it reflects priorities that are deeply misplaced. Instead of putting America first, this budget puts politics first. It hurts my constituents, all Marylanders and all Americans. Republicans and Democrats must come together to pass budget bills that prioritizes services and programs that Americans rely on most.”