10th Congressional District / New York State / February 2018

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

The Administration’s FY19 budget proposal continues what I believe has been a disgraceful record of rewarding the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working families. In my view, we knew these cuts to critical federal programs were coming when the Majority passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut which I feel rewarded only the wealthiest Americans. But to see the cuts in print is still galling.

This budget proposes cuts to programs that help millions of working families in New York and around the country meet their most basic needs: $214 billion from SNAP (or food stamps), $6.8 billion from federal housing programs including a complete elimination of federal funding for public housing repairs, $4.4 billion from K-12 education, and $72 billion from disability programs. Once again, the budget also cuts all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Administration has also trotted out a new infrastructure plan in conjunction with these cuts. From my perspective, this was done as a distraction and the plan is a scam that puts most of the burden for funding our infrastructure on commuters and cash-strapped states, while cutting $168 billion from transportation programs in the President's budget.

There are many things I could say about this budget. It is inefficient and irresponsible. It is unrealistic. But at its core, this budget is heartless.Sincerely,

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

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