WASHINGTON, D.C. — February 12, 2018 — Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget proposal:
“Years ago, President Trump proudly declared himself ‘the King of Debt.’ Today, he lived up to that moniker in a big way, by unveiling a budget proposal that would explode the national debt to an unheard of degree. This once again proves that the GOP is not, and never has been, the party of ‘fiscal responsibility.’
“This proposal rehashes many of the tired battles the GOP has already lost: repealing the Affordable Care Act, radically restructuring Medicaid, cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood. The President’s budget would further decimate departments like the EPA and State Department, while eliminating completely programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the NASA Office of Education, just to name a few.
“Then there is the infrastructure element of this proposal, which calls for a $1.5 trillion investment to rebuild our crumbling nation. Except, the President is only offering to pay for a small fraction of that $1.5 trillion, and expects state and local governments—already struggling to meet their own financial needs—to pay for the rest. Needless to say, that just isn’t going to work.
“This whole budget is a ridiculous proposal. Thankfully, Congress has the power of the purse, not the President.”
SOURCE: Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs, Congressman Eliot L. Engel.