An emailed message from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier:
Earlier this month, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2019 budget and unveiled his long-awaited infrastructure plan. Both of these proposals are shortsighted, fail to meet our country’s needs, and would increase the financial burden on working families. As part of our effort to provide you with the facts behind the issues facing Congress, below you will find details compiled by House committees and the White House.
President Trump’s 2019 Budget Proposal:
- Slashes Medicare by nearly $500 billion over ten years and Medicaid by $1.4 trillion;
- Attacks our clean air, clean water, and public health by cutting funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 30% and eliminates 30 environmental protection programs, including programs for climate change research, environmental education, protecting beaches, reducing lead risks, and protecting national estuaries;
- Eliminates vital housing and community development programs, including capacity building for affordable housing, Community Development Block Grants, and the HOME Investment Partnerships program, all at a time when we urgently need to increase our supply of affordable housing. The HOME program alone has created 1.5 million jobs nationwide and generated $94 billion in local income while helping more than 270,000 families at risk of homelessness since its creation in 1992;
- Cuts SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, by nearly 30% over the next ten years;
- Undermines the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) programs that help lift thousands out of poverty every year by requiring participants to have a Social Security Number;
- Eliminates 17 K-12 programs, for a total of $4.4 billion in cuts, including complete elimination of funding for afterschool programs and teacher development programs;
- Eliminates the following programs:
- Chemical Safety Board – the only safety agency to be eliminated
- Special Olympics
- National Endowment of the Arts
- National Endowment of the Humanities
- Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps, etc.);
- Abandons the President’s campaign promise to balance the budget and adds $7 trillion to the national debt.
President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan:
- Increases spending by only $200 billion, which barely makes up for the cuts in other infrastructure programs proposed in his budget ($168 billion) and falls short of our infrastructure needs;
- Shifts responsibility for infrastructure funding and maintenance to state and local governments and requires them to come up with 80% of funds, which likely will result in increased tolls on working families;
- Privatizes the Air Traffic Control, which increases the national debt by $57 billion.
As always, we are committed to serving you and your family. Should you have questions or comments on the President’s Budget or infrastructure plan, please share them with us here or contact my office at 925-933-2660. To stay up-to-date on these and other issues before Congress, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and our new Instagram.
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