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Meng Statement on President Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposal

Mar 11, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget proposal for 2020. The proposal calls for $8.6 billion in new border wall funding and a five percent increase in defense funding at the expense of non-defense funding for agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State Department, and Department of Agriculture.
“I feel bad for the trees that were cut down to print the president’s 2020 budget proposal. This budget is a nonstarter for Congress and asking for additional funding for a medieval border wall sets up another government shutdown fight this year. We should be having a discussion about how to keep our environment clean, provide job training and education to millions of Americans still recovering from the Great Recession, and how to revitalize our infrastructure. Instead, President Trump has teed up a spending fight over his failed campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the border wall. I’m also disappointed that the president continues to attack programs that make our nation safe, secure, and prosperous. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee and writing a spending bill that actually reflects the priorities of the American people.”