Maloney Decries Impact of Trump Budget on New Yorkers
“President Trump’s proposed budget for 2019 is yet another policy from this administration that would be terrible for New Yorkers. Deep cuts to key federal programs will hurt people across our city.
“Major funding cuts to Medicare and Medicaid jeopardize the health of the millions of seniors, children and families throughout New York State who depend on these programs for basic healthcare services. Higher education may be put out of reach for the roughly 2.8 million New York students who take out loans to pay for school.
“Nearly 3 million New Yorkers need SNAP benefits to feed themselves and their families, yet the President wants to slash federal funding for food assistance programs by $214 billion and eliminate fresh food options. Early childhood education, which we know helps students achieve future success, is under threat with a proposed $13 billion in cuts to the Head Start pre-school program.
“And mass transit programs will be especially hard hit at a time when our city can least afford it. The New Starts program, which provides essential funding for the Second Avenue Subway, will lose $1.4 billion. Amtrak would lose almost half of its funding nationwide, slowing down repairs to Penn Station. And TIGER Grants, which provided $25 million for the Vision Zero campaign that reduced traffic fatalities in our city to record lows, would be eliminated.
“The budget plan outlines a dark vision for America and an even worse future for our city. I will be fighting for our city, and against this proposal, because New Yorkers, and all Americans, deserve a better deal.”