Kaptur Statement on President Trump’s FY2021 Budget Request

February 10, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request:


“Budgets are more than just fiscal documents, they are a reflection of our values,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, President Trump’s FY2021 budget request was not written with working people in mind – instead, it is a laundry list of conservative priorities and corporate handouts that literally leave working people in the cold.”


“The President’s budget request calls for massive cuts to vital domestic programs over 10-years, including $24 billion from Social Security, $478 billion from Medicare, $920 billion from Medicaid – almost a trillion dollars. It also slashes projects that make healthcare more affordable, strengthen public education, improve access to affordable housing, protect our Great Lakes, invest in our infrastructure, and help low-income Americans heat their homes in the winter. All of this while proposing a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, billions more for the ill-conceived border wall, and a 10-year extension of his disastrous Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, his unprecedented bailout for corporations and the wealthy.”


“As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, I will work to ensure that President Trump’s outlandish requests are rejected, and that Congress instead works on a bipartisan basis to fund programs that improve people’s lives, strengthen our national security, and protect our environment.”


President Trump’s FY2021 Budget Request Makes Unprecedented Cuts to Vital Programs:


Limits lifesaving medical research

Cuts lifesaving medical research programs at the National Institutes of Health by $3.3 billion and reduces funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by $678 million.


Reduces funding for education

Imposes an 8.5 percent cut on Department of Education resources, a total cut of $6.2 billion, including the elimination of funding for after school programs.


Divests in infrastructure

Reduces funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, which fixes our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure, by $1.7 billion. Especially harmful for the Great Lakes region.  


Hurts U.S. manufacturers

Zeroes out funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, hurting the ability of small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers to grow and create jobs.


Hinders economic growth

Eliminates funding for Economic Development Administration grants, harming economic growth, innovation, and U.S. competitiveness.


Slashes climate research

Eliminates NOAA’s Climate Competitive Research program, reducing support for high priority climate science and adaptation efforts.


Threatens Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness

Cuts FEMA federal assistance, primarily state and local grants critical for terrorism and disaster preparedness, by $1.1 billion.


Cuts community development

Eliminates the Community Development Block Grant, making it harder for communities to address needs like safe housing, economic opportunities, and public facility improvements.


Reduces access to affordable housing

Eliminates the HOME program, making it harder for low-income Americans to access affordable housing opportunities.


Reduces rural broadband

Reduces the Department of Agriculture's rural broadband programs by $305 million, making it harder for rural communities to connect to the 21st century economy.


Eliminates transformational energy investments

Zeroes out the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and slashes the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program by $2.1 billion, undermining clean energy technology.


Cuts funding for small businesses

Slashes funding for Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Development Grants, by $93 million, making it harder for small businesses to grow and compete.


Leaves Northern Ohioans Out in the Cold

Eliminates the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), literally leaving Northern Ohioans out in the cold.