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March 16, 2017
Press Release

President Trump Places A Target On Nevada’s Back as the Country’s Nuclear Waste Dumping Ground

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement on President Trump’s 2018 budget request:

“The President’s 2018 budget request is bad for Nevadans and leaves Nevadans behind,” said Congresswoman Jacky Rosen.

“It makes Nevadans less safe by gutting counterterrorism programs for our airports and local law enforcement. The budget would cut $667 million from grant programs, including pre-disaster mitigation grants and counterterrorism funding that would affect McCarran International Airport and the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson.

“It eliminates grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at UNLV and other Nevada institutions. In 2016 alone, NIH provided $7.38 million in research grants to UNLV, and funding for the Southern Nevada Cancer Research Foundation. The UNLV projects focused on a broad range of critical topics, from research on AIDS to brain cancer. This would hurt our health care sector which has already raised its concerns about the harmful implications of the GOP’s health care repeal bill.”

“Worst of all, the budget requests $120 million in funds for Yucca Mountain to make our state the country’s dumping ground for nuclear waste.”

“All of these cuts to help pay for a $2.6 billion-dollar southern border wall is the worst deal that I’ve seen the President try to make. The administration has not even provided a cost-benefit analysis that shows how a wall would keep us more safe than each of these crucial programs combined.

“I will fight alongside Nevada’s delegation to put a stop to nuclear waste from ever being dumped in our backyard. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure that our fiscal house is in order and that vital programs that affect our economy, safety, and the health of our citizens will continue to receive funding.”   

Key Highlights from Budget Request:

  • Cuts $667 million from grant programs, including pre-disaster mitigation grants and counterterrorism funding, including millions from the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program.
  • Proposes reducing TSA's budget by 11 percent, including cuts to programs that ensure passenger safety, and ends TSA grants for state and local law enforcement.
  • Cuts $499 million from the TIGER grant program, which in the past funded $13.3 million for Flamingo Corridor Improvements.
  • Gives the Yucca Mountain project $120 million to restart licensing operations.
  • Decreases funding for the National Institutes of Health that goes to UNLV and certain programs to train health professionals.