Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney released the following statement on President Trump’s proposed budget:
“I came to Washington with the mission to reform our federal government and eliminate wasteful Washington spending and this remains my goal. Decades of bloated budgets and a lack of fiscal accountability are why our country is inching closer to a debt of nearly $20 trillion. However, my commitment to government reform does not change the fact that I represent a region of the country that has been left behind for too long and continues to experience slow economic growth. While reviewing the President’s proposed budget, I came across a number of proposed cuts that would be detrimental to rural communities across the 22nd District. A large number of my constituents depend on many of the programs the President wants to eliminate, and pulling the rug out from under them would be detrimental to our most vulnerable citizens,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “Ultimately, Congress controls the power of the purse and has final say over what is included or what is cut in the budget. As such, I will continue to fight to ensure that funding for programs that constituents in the 22nd District rely on are included in the final budget”
The proposed cuts include:
Community Development Block Grants: The budget proposal would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program. Congresswoman Tenney initially voiced concerns about these cuts earlier in the year. Cities in the 22nd district including Rome, Utica, and Binghamton all heavily rely on Community Development Block Grants.
Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program: The budget proposes $428 million in cuts to this program, which provides assistant to rural communities for clean drinking water systems, sanitary solid waste disposal, storm water drainage, among others.
21st Century Community Learning Program: The budget proposes eliminating this program altogether. Today, the 21st Century Community Learning Program provides enriching academic experiences for students throughout the country, including in New York’s 22nd district.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG): The budget proposes eliminating this program altogether. FSEOG is a grant for undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need. Many of the colleges and universities in the 22nd district rely on this program. This year, Congresswoman Tenney led a letter to House leaders requesting that funding for campus-based aid programs like FSEOG be protected.
Cuts to Federal Work Study Program: The bill proposes cutting the Federal Work Study Program by half. Colleges, universities, and students benefit from the FWS program and while it could be reformed, significantly reducing it could have serious negative impacts.
TRIO Programs: The budget proposes a $90 million cut to TRIO programs, which are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a member of the TRIO Caucus in Congress, Congresswoman Tenney understands the important role this program plays in communities throughout the district.
LIHEAP: The budget proposes eliminating LIHEAP altogether, which would amount to a $3.384 billion cut. This program helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. New York is a large recipient of LIHEAP assistance.
Legal Services Corporation: The budget proposes a $351 million cut to the Legal Services Corporation, which effectively guts the program. LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans and supports many programs in upstate New York. Tenney previously expressed concerns with these proposed cuts and signed a letter in defense of this important program earlier in the year.
Rural Economic Development Program: The budget would eliminate this program. The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations.