MALONEY SLAMS BUSH BUDGET
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement regarding President Bush's proposed FY 2002 budget.
"President Bush's budget shortchanges Americans. The President put at risk safe communities by cutting $270 million in grants to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. And that's just the beginning. Bush shortchanged families by cutting low income housing assistance programs by over $1 billion. Even worse, Bush's new proposed Sect. 8 housing voucher program offers fewer than half the number of vouchers provided in 2001. The President's Budget takes $400 million of funds for child care programs to finance an after-school voucher initiative, and consequently shortchanges working families. And the President showed his true colors on family planning by shortchanging Title X family planning programs and thereby women across the United States. President Bush shoulders a huge responsibility sitting at the oval office desk. I hope that as he wields his mighty scissors to the national budget, he remembers that every dollar cut away means less housing, education, emergency services, road repair, and public transportation for American families."