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ROSEN: TRUMP'S BUDGET FAILS TO REFLECT NEVADA VALUES

May 23, 2017
Press Release

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

“The President’s budget is supposed to be a reflection of our core values and ideals,” said Congresswoman Jacky Rosen. “Unfortunately, this budget fails to reflect Nevada values by cutting vital programs that affect our economy, and the health and safety of my constituents.

“Instead of delivering a forward-thinking budget that focuses on job creation, the President’s budget eliminates programs that have wide bipartisan support and ensure Nevada’s economic growth. Under this budget proposal, federal funding that is desperately needed to fix our crumbling roads and bridges in Nevada would get slashed. Not to mention, this budget devastates public health programs such as Medicaid, which provides health coverage for nearly 31,000 Nevada families living paycheck to paycheck.

“The budgeting process is one that takes time and is ultimately shaped by lawmakers who control the purse strings in Congress. That’s why I will work across the aisle to make sure that Nevada is not left behind and that programs that keep our economy strong and our families safe are fully funded. ”

BACKGROUND & KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

Economy:

  • Eliminates BrandUSA, a bipartisan program that promotes international tourism in the U.S.
  • Cancels the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), taking $230 million away from Nevadans.
  • Eliminates the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) which provides funding for the Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE), a non-profit organization that has offered technical support and services for Nevada manufactures and companies like Fisher Space Pen, Popcorn Girl, Scientific Games, and Shelby American.

Health:

  • Guts Medicaid by $610 billion, a program that was successfully expanded in Nevada and provides coverage for nearly 31,000 in Nevada’s 3rd District.  
  • Decreases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which in the past has funded certain programs to train health professionals at UNLV.
  • Eliminates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, slashing $2.99 billion in funding that supports critical programs such as Meals on Wheels.

Safety:

  • Cuts $767 million from Homeland Security grant programs, including pre-disaster mitigation grants and counterterrorism funding, including millions from the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program.
  • Reduces TSA's budget by 11 percent, including cuts to programs that ensure passenger safety, and ends TSA grants for state and local law enforcement.
  • Provides $120 million to restart licensing operations for the Yucca Mountain project.

Infrastructure:

  • Eliminates TIGER grant program, which in the past funded $13.3 million for Flamingo Corridor Improvements.
  • Cuts $148 million from and calls for the elimination of Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks), which provided affordable housing assistance for 6,712 households in Nevada for FY2016 alone.

Science:

  • Cuts the National Science Foundation (NSF) by 11 percent, which promotes the progress of science, advancement of national health, prosperity, and national defense. NSF is the funding source for nearly a quarter of all federally supported research at America’s colleges and universities.

 

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