Congressman Higgins Responds to the President’s Proposed 2020 Budget
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the release of the President’s proposed 2020 Budget:
“A budget should be a plan to move the nation forward; the President’s 2020 budget represents a giant step backward on efforts create jobs and support priorities vital to American families. It rolls back the Affordable Care Act that began needed healthcare improvements including protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The White House budget turns its back on communities like Western New York through the elimination of critical economic development funding. It brings back the political debate over the President’s wall with $8 billion in new taxpayer funding that could be put to better use. And it scales back opportunities for better treatment and scientific discoveries related to cancer and other devastating diseases.”
Below is a topline summary of the Budget’s impact on Western New York. A more detailed summary will be released as it becomes available.
- $8.6 billion in taxpayer dollars for the Trump wall
- 3.1 percent economic growth from 2021 to 2024. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts a growth rate of 1.7%.
- Assumes Repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the protections for those with pre-existing conditions that come with the law
- Eliminates Community Development Block Grant Program which provides over $20 million to WNY for infrastructure work, community projects & programs
- Eliminates the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
- Eliminates National Heritage Areas that include locally the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
- Eliminates the Economic Development Administration, which plays a role in economic development efforts in communities including Launch NY and Tonawanda Tomorrow in WNY
- Eliminates the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program which support the growth of manufacturing companies and jobs. WNY’s Insyte Consulting is a top national performer.
- Eliminates HOME Investment Partnerships, which funds a range of activities related to building, buying or rehabbing affordable housing
- Eliminates the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund which increases opportunity in distressed communities, supporting efforts by Launch NY and Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI)
- Reduces the National Institutes of Health budget by $4.9 billion (12%) overall, including a $897 million cut to the National Cancer Institute which funds research at Roswell Park
- The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is cut by 90%
- Cuts the Army Corps of Engineers budget by 1/3, impacting the good work the Buffalo District does in the Great Lakes and around the region
- Cuts 31% from the Environmental Protection Agency
- Reduces the Transportation Department budget by over 21%
- Cuts $2 trillion from the Medicare and Medicaid programs
Congressman Higgins will hear testimony from the White House Budget Director during a House Committee on the Budget hearing at 10am on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.