Congressman Tim Ryan Rejects President Trump’s First Budget Proposal

“While the President’s budget proposal is only the first step in a long process, this initial budget would be a ruinous path for the United States. With little regard for the communities it would impact, the Trump Administration would slash funding to important federal spending such as affordable housing programs and the Community Development Block Grant program, which assists local and state governments with programs like Meals on Wheels and infrastructure improvements. His budget would even eliminate the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, which have benefited Northeast Ohio as recently as last year, when Akron was awarded $5 million to complete its downtown promenade. President Trump’s budget would also completely eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which would have a devastating impact here in Ohio,” said Congressman Ryan.  

“When you really look at it, this budget is nothing more than a laundry list of broken promises. After promising to help develop urban centers, he cuts the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 13 percent. After promising clear air and water for all American’s in his joint address to Congress, he obliterates the Environmental Protection Agency’s  budget by 31 percent. And after pledging time and time again to be the champion of the American worker, he guts the Department of Labor by 21 percent, whose job it is to ensure workers are safe in the workplace and receive the pay and benefits they have earned. President Trump’s brazen and indiscriminate cuts leave hardworking Americans worse off, while wasting billions on a an ineffective border wall that will not leave us any safer than before. I cannot accept that. This budget is a nonstarter, and I stand ready to get to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a realistic budget that properly funds these important programs, and gets Americans back to work.”