Napolitano Rejects Trump’s Budget Proposal
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) rejected President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, issuing the following statement:
“In gutting the EPA and firing over 3,000 employees who work to remove toxins from our air, ground, and water, President Trump is risking the health of the public and our planet. EPA’s cleanup of Superfund sites has helped mitigate groundwater contamination of our San Gabriel Basin for nearly 40 years, and we still have a long way to go. Thanks to the EPA, even with more residents, vehicles, and industry, we have cleaner air in LA County than we did decades ago.
“Severe cuts to HUD, including the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, is a slap in the face to hardworking San Gabriel Valley families, already burdened with the scarcity of affordable housing. Cities like West Covina and Baldwin Park have benefitted greatly from CDBG funds, which sustain antipoverty programs, public infrastructure, housing services, and fire and police departments.
“It is appalling that Trump, who claims to be in favor of rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, would slash our federal investment in transportation. His proposal to strike funding for new transit projects and cutting $499 million from the TIGER grant program will make our infrastructure systems less safe and less reliable. Agencies like LA Metro, Foothill Transit, and Metrolink and their riders would be hit hard by Trump’s budget cuts.
“My colleagues and I will review the President’s full budget request when we receive it, but we will not tolerate a budget that seeks to eliminate whole agencies and reduce Cabinet-level departments to a level where they can barely function. It is insulting to the millions of taxpayers who trust their government to protect their best interests. I stand with my constituents and firmly reject President Trump’s budget proposal.”
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