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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Condemns Trump Budget As A Hit On Middle Class Families

May 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) released the following statement and summary after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Donald Trump’s proposed FY2018 budget:

“While Donald Trump built his campaign message around standing up for middle class and working class families, the draft budget he released today clearly shows that he is intent on doing the opposite,” said Courtney. “The budget he proposed today would make unprecedented cuts to public education and after school programs, undermine higher education affordability, decimates USDA Rural Development funding that is vital for infrastructure improvements in eastern Connecticut, cuts job training funds which are helping to close the skills gap in manufacturing, and most appalling, eliminates thousands of medical research grants at the National Institute of Health aimed at curing a wide range of illness and disease. If the framework the President proposed today were ever to become law, it would deliver a devastating blow to our economy and working families across this country.

“Rather than drafting a serious budget for the federal government, the president’s budget is instead a declaration of his administration’s extremist goals that intends to eliminate programs that are critical to America’s middle class. With members from both political parties voicing serious objections to the president’s budget, this proposal is not just dead on arrival – it’s dead before arrival. I am urging my Republicans colleagues to put aside the president’s proposal and instead work with Democrats to construct a budget that will provide real value to the American people.”

Among the budget proposals unveiled today:

  • Will force college students to pay interest on Stafford Student loans while still in school (adding $39 billion to the cost of higher education over 10 years) and eliminates more than $700 million in Perkins Loans that are targeted toward disadvantaged students
  • Eliminates the public service student loan forgiveness program aimed at helping nurses, police, teachers and primary care doctors pay for college and graduate school
  • Cuts in half the Federal Work Study Program which helps low-income students work part-time while obtaining a college degree
  • Cuts the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act funding for workforce training by 1.3 billion dollars or 39%
  • Elimination of the USDA Water and Wastewater Direct Loan and grant programs, which has bene used to invest in eastern Connecticut communities
  • Diverting K-12 funding to “school choice” programs while eliminating the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for after school programs
  • Elimination of the LIHEAP program, which is used to help Connecticut families with home heating costs
  • Gutting of HUD CDBG and other programs identified as potential resources for “crumbling foundations”
  • Ends the TIGER transportation grant program, which has been used for projects like the New England Central Rail upgrade in the region
  • Cuts funding for EPA categorical grants like brownfield remediation and wetland programs, while eliminating EPA funding for Long Island Sound
  • Elimination of NOAA programs like Sea Grant