Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

Kaptur statement on President Trump’s draft budget proposal

March 16, 2017
Press Release
Calls cuts “reckless” for the American people

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statement about President Donald Trump’s draft budget proposal.

“President Trump’s draft budget cedes the future and takes a sledgehammer to some of our nation’s dearest priorities. It is beyond me how these reckless and draconian cuts could help the American people. This proposal won’t improve national security efforts, create jobs or ensure we have clean air and water. President Trump even takes aim at the bipartisan and popular program that is helping to restore our Great Lakes, completely gutting critical funding. As a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, I will be on the front lines to fight for programs that help provide security and stability to Ohio’s working families.

“In addition to broad cuts in valuable research and science, the President's budget makes it clear that he has not updated his worldview since the 1980s, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the Department of Energy budget. He seeks a big increase in spending on nuclear weapons but makes cuts to any and all programs that invest in clean energy.

“This budget is Dead On Arrival. I would remind the White House that under the Constitution it is the Congress that holds the power of the purse. I hope my Republican colleagues on the Appropriations Committee remain committed to a collegial and cooperative process, that yields good results for the American people.”

Kaptur is the Ranking Member on the Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which oversees spending for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, and other water infrastructure and energy related programs.