The #BudgetTruthSquad Fact Checks President Trump’s State Of The Union
“I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve….Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.”
· One year after the President took office, he still has not sent Congress a detailed proposal for funding infrastructure, but his formal budget proposes to:
- Cut highways, transit, and bridges by $96 billion over ten years
- Cut Amtrak by $735 million
- Eliminate the TIGER multi-modal transportation grants
- Eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program
- Cut the transit Capital Investment Grants program by $1.2 billion (-50%)
- Cuts the Corps of Engineers budget for flood control and other water projects by $1 billion (-17%)
- Eliminate the HOME program, the only federal assistance program for affordable housing construction
“We heard tales of Americans like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery with Melania. Ashlee was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Through 18 hours of wind and rain, Ashlee braved live power lines and deep water, to help save more than 40 lives. Thank you, Ashlee.”
- The President’s budget proposes to cut the Coast Guard budget for buying ships, planes and helicopters by $167 million (-12%).
“Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.”
- The President’s budget proposes to cut funding for Career and Technical Education by $148 million (-13%).
“As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training.”
- The President’s budget proposes to cut the Employment and Training Administration by $2.3 billion (-23%)
“My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult -- but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.”
- The President’s budget proposes to cut the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services budget by $374 million (-10%).
David Carle: 202-224-3693
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