WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), today responded to the deep funding cuts included in President Trump’s first budget proposal:
“This is a budget that is deeply destructive for America. It would gravely undermine our nation’s long-time commitment to providing opportunity to all, promoting a healthy America, and protecting our environment. President Trump’s budget would cut funding for health research by $5.8 billion, slash funding for job training and employment services as part of a $2.5 billion cut to the Department of Labor, and eliminate $3 billion in services to local communities under the Community Development Block Grant. It would gut enforcement of environmental protections with a 31% cut to the EPA, terminate vital energy assistance under the LIHEAP program, zero out emergency assistance for refugees, and eliminate programs that provide after-school services to low-income students while cutting overall federal education funding by $9 billion.”
“The Trump budget would completely eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Instead, his budget says it returns responsibility for funding “local environmental efforts” to State and local entities to allow the “EPA to focus on its highest national priorities.” Blinded by his ideology, President Trump is missing the point: the Great Lakes are a national priority.
“Even with all of these harsh cuts, the budget proposal leaves out key information, such as policy on revenue measures or funding for mandatory programs like Medicare and Social Security.”