Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Applauds the President’s FY 2017 Budget for Making Bold Investments in America’s Future
Washington, DC - (Tuesday, February 9, 2016) - Today, the White House sent President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to Congress. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement in response to the President’s 2017 budget request:
“President Obama has released a budget today that charts a bold course for the future of America. His 2017 budget makes critical investments that not only make the country stronger today, but set the stage for a prosperous future. Many programs and initiatives that I have advocated for were included in the budget request. I was pleased to see that funding for many of the initiatives I have advocated for on behalf of the 30th Congressional District of Texas were included in the President’s budget request. I have worked hard for several months with the Federal Transit Administration to direct funds to DART’s Core Capacity project.
As in prior years, the President’s budget will help ensure that the U.S. can compete in a 21st Century global economy and solidify America’s place as a scientific and technological leader. The investments in the full range of R&D and STEM initiatives, including advanced manufacturing research, prioritizing basic research, investing in clean transportation and civil space activities, as well as the commitments to education programs like Computer Science for All are truly ‘investments to help us meet our greatest challenges, not only for the year ahead, but for decades to come.”
The President’s budget request makes several key investments that will grow the economy for all Americans. Some highlights include:
Local Funding for DART: DART’s Core Capacity project to expand train platforms along the 28 Red and Blue line stations is aimed at accommodating larger train cars, which would expand capacity at these stations and reduce congestion along the DART system.
Funding for Education: The budget provides, as part of America’s College Promise (ACP), grants to four-year Minority Serving Institutions to provide first-time low-income students, including community college transfers, with up to two years of college at zero or significantly reduced tuition.
Expansion of STEM for opportunities: Complementing the mandatory Computer Science for All proposal, the Budget dedicates $100 million in discretionary funding at the Department of Education for Computer Science for All Development Grants to jumpstart the initiative by helping school districts, alone or in consortia, with other districts or States, execute ambitious computer science expansion efforts, particularly for traditionally under-represented students. Both the mandatory and discretionary proposal would also encourage states and districts to expand overall access to rigorous STEM coursework.
Expanding Transportation Funding: Expands funding for the Transportation Innovation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program from the current $500 million authorization to $1.25 billion per year. The TIGER Program is a vital discretionary grant program that provides federal funding for capital investments in state and local surface transportation projects. Approximately $32 billion per year over the next 10 years for new investments in a “clean transportation system” by refocusing federal investments, rewarding local and state governments for innovation, accelerating integration of new vehicle technologies, and enhancing safety.
Strengthening Efforts to Help Poor Families Succeed: The budget includes funding for programs aimed at helping families and children in need: Strengthening Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Establishing an Emergency Aid and Service Connection Pilots ($2 billion).
Cutting Taxes for Families: The budget triples the maximum Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) for families with children under age five.
“The President has given Congress a strong budget that will continue to grow the economy and sets the course for America’s future. I hope to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle put aside partisan politics to get this budget passed.”
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.