Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget proposal:
“President Trump’s budget is a nonstarter. At a time when we should be funding programs that work for the American people, the President continues to push for a vanity project that most Americans don’t want and experts say we don’t need. This Administration continues to run up the deficit—adding over $2 trillion to our record-breaking $22 trillion national debt—thanks to unpaid-for tax cuts for the wealthy. Yet President Trump has the audacity to ask taxpayers to give him $8.6 billion for his ineffective, unnecessary wall.
“On top of that, President Trump’s budget attacks the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid, and makes extreme cuts to agriculture, education, workforce development, environmental protections, and health and human services, to name a few. It also targets transportation BUILD grants that are helping Youngstown and Akron transform our communities. The President has zero focus on the needs of everyday Americans. Further, I am extremely disappointed that President Trump’s budget says nothing about the establishment of the East Coast missile defense site where Camp Garfield in Ravenna remains one of the three final sites being evaluated for the project. This makes us less secure and less prepared to deal with threats around the globe.
“This budget proposal is dead on arrival,” said Congressman Ryan.