March 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement to reject the Trump Administration’s budget request to Congress.

“President Trump's budget request to Congress is cold and seriously lacking in support for many programs that Americans rely upon,” said Rep. Espaillat.  “The Administration’s proposals are heartless and prioritize building a border wall over diplomacy and housing the poor.  This plan eliminates critical agencies, and strips federal funding from long-standing programs that assist with education, business, community investments, and in providing critical resources to some of our country’s most vulnerable communities as well as our allies abroad.

“As a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have firsthand exposure and insight into the importance of maintaining our foreign commitments around the world, and I am deeply concerned with the level of cuts to programs that aid in our ability to keep our country safe and support our national security.  The Administration’s draconian proposed cuts will slash the budget of the State Department by $10.8 billion or by roughly 29 percent, making Americans less safe and undermining our leadership around the world.  America is the global standard bearer for democracy, freedom, and justice, and with threats stateside and abroad, it is critical that we maintain the necessary resources available to assist in our efforts of diplomacy, foreign affairs, and worldwide engagement.  Serious cuts to these programs will put our national security gravely at risk.

“The Administration is also requesting cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6 billion, a one-fifth cut that will devastate research in lifesaving cures and treatments for diseases.  My district serves as home to the highest concentration of medical research facilities and providers, and New York stands to lose more than $400 million following the Administration’s cuts to NIH funding.  We should be increasing the funding for this department instead of working to cut its budget as many of the medicines or treatments currently being used in households across the country can be traced back to the critical research conducted at the NIH.

“This budget is the Trump Administration’s plan to make good on campaign promises without any real rationale to justify these historic level cuts to federal agencies and programs that have worked well for so many and for so long.  I stand firm in my opposition to Trump’s budget and will work to ensure these cuts are never enacted.”

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