Democrats And Republicans Find Faults With Trump's First Budget

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Copies of President Donald Trump's first budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington Thursday.

There's a little something for everyone — to dislike — in President Donald Trump's first budget proposal.

Local Democrats and Republicans objected to the deep cuts to housing, education, the environment and more in Trump's budget. The $1.15 trillion plan adds money to the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. But most agencies would receive less money, or even shut down, under the president's plan.

Rep. Nita Lowey,  the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, singled out a $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health. That would hinder research into cancer, heart disease and other ailments, she said, but it would also hurt the local economy.

“In New York, for example, and other parts of the country," Lowey said, "investments at the NIH are economic development providing real jobs.”

Lowey predicted Republicans would need Democratic votes to pass the budget, as happened during the last Congress. That means the budget Congress writes will likely look very different from Trump's, she said.

Republicans had complaints, too. 

New Jersey Representative Leonard Lance also made an economic argument against Trump's plan to close the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts create jobs and vibrant communities, he said.

"I do not agree with each and every line item," he said in a statement. "Cutting the Coast Guard, programs through the Department of Justice and revenue builders like the NEA are penny wise but pound foolish."

Staten Island Republican Dan Donovan opposed plans to bolster immigration enforcement at the expense of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“FEMA, we had Hurricane Sandy," Donovan said. "I’ve seen first-hand what FEMA has done."

"They need all the help they can get.”

The budget released Thursday is an outline, and the White House will release its full spending plan in May.