Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement on President Trump’s Budget and Infrastructure Plan
DALLAS, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after President Trump released his budget plan that provides devastating cuts to domestic health, education and economic initiatives for working and middle class families:
“Unfortunately the president’s budget proposal comes as no surprise with no promise to protect and care for all American people. I am not shocked because a lot of his rhetoric from his most recent State of the Union address is backed here in his latest proposal,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “This budget proposal fails the American people by cutting over $200 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which provides food to more than 44 million. Additionally, he continues to target those with pre-existing conditions, seniors in nursing homes, children with disabilities and low-income families by cutting Medicaid by $1.4 trillion over ten years. I will continue to fight for these individuals and families who are constantly under attack by this Administration and their policies.”
As the most senior Texas member on the U.S. House Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure, “I believe the president’s FY19 budget falls short in its promises to deliver real infrastructure investment across the country, particularly in Dallas where demands on our public transit are rapidly growing,” said Congresswoman Johnson. President Trump’s budget does the following in terms of infrastructure:
- Limits Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program Funding – the FY19 budget proposes limiting funding under the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program to projects with existing full funding grant agreements only. It is important for Congress to fully fund the CIG program to support projects like the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) D2 Subway.
- Elimination of the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program – The TIGER Discretionary Grant program is one of the most popular yet underfunded grant programs offered for transportation projects through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Many local transit agencies rely on this funding to develop projects of regional and national significance. DART has historically relied on TIGER funding to deliver local transit options to thirteen cities in North Texas. Today, DART is seeking TIGER dollars to upgrade its Internet Protocol network infrastructure in order to meet the growing demands for public transit in Dallas. In the absence of TIGER funding, countless municipalities and transit agencies such as DART will have to scramble to find alternative sources of funding for local projects.
- Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Privatization – President Trump is trying to revive a failed effort to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to a non-governmental entity. The United States maintains the safest and most complex airspace in the world. Radical changes to the current ATO structure could threaten the safety, efficiency, and affordability of our airways. The North Texas region is home to the fourth busiest airport in the world by aircraft movements, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is critically important, not only to North Texas but the entire country, that we take a deliberate approach when considering massive structural changes to how we manage air traffic in the United States.
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