Kaptur Statement on Trump Administration Budget

March 11, 2019
Press Release
The President’s Budget Seeks 90% Cut to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request, which includes an 11% reduction to the Department of Energy and a $270 million dollar, 90 % cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.


“President Trump’s cruel and shortsighted budget request does not reflect the values or best interest of the American people,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The Trump Budget would devastate our environment, especially our Great Lakes Region, through a 90% cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and significant reductions to the Departments of Energy, Interior, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Environmental Protection Agency. At a time when our government should be investing in job creating policies that improve America’s infrastructure, natural resources, and clean energy future, the Trump Administration is once again heading in the wrong direction.”


“It takes real effort to increase the national debt with the largest budget request in history while systematically underfunding nearly every government agency and program, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, yet this President has managed to do it. President Trump’s proposal would starve government agencies of the funds needed to carry out their core missions and would leave the United States weakened with millions of seniors, the poor, and the middle class in further peril. I urge my colleagues to promptly reject President Trump’s outlandish and destructive budget proposal.”


The Trump Budget Request calls for:

  • -$1.9 trillion in cuts to safety net programs
    • Medicaid: $1.5 trillion in cuts over 10 years
    • Medicare: $845 billion over 10 years
  • -11% for Department of Energy (DOE)
  • -31% for Army Corps of Engineers
  • -4% for Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • -23% for Department of State and other international programs (DOS)
  • -12% for Department of Education (ED)
  • -31% for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • -15% Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • -12% for Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • $8.6 billion for a wall at the Southern Border. 


The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical for containing invasive species such as the Asian Carp, and for restoring the Great Lakes region’s economic and ecological vitality. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has enjoyed broad bipartisan support, which puts this proposal even more out of touch with the mainstream. The Great Lakes hold over 95 percent of the United States’ surface fresh water. This proposed cut is reckless, threatens our progress, and puts the freshwater of over 30 million people at risk.


For a complete list of Great Lakes Restoration Initiate projects through FY 2018, click here.