WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement in response to the White House budget out today, which slashes critical Ohio priorities. Regardless of the White House Budget, Congress will continue working to implement the bipartisan budget agreement announced last week. Brown will fight for Ohio priorities throughout that process.
“Instead of investing in Ohio communities so they can grow and create jobs, the President’s budget asks Ohioans to pay for tax cuts for millionaires by gutting Great Lakes programs and eliminating economic development,” said Brown. “Congress already put forward a bipartisan compromise that will make critical investments in fighting the opioid epidemic and give Ohio families and businesses the certainty they deserve. I will continue fighting for Ohio priorities as we work to implement that bipartisan compromise over the coming weeks.”
Last week, Brown supported a long-term budget compromise that provides certainty for Ohio families, businesses and military installations for two years. The compromise included agreement on broad spending levels for the next two years and a bill to keep the government open while Congress writes specific legislation to allocate that funding between now and March 23rd. Brown will continue fighting for Ohio priorities throughout that process, including asking that states who have been hit hardest by the opioid crisis are first in line.
President Trump’s budget would:
- Take away Medicaid, Ohio’s number one tool in the fight against opioids.
- Slash support for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) by more than $350 million.
- Cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) by $270 million, and make cuts to other clean water programs.
- Cut funding for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund by over $200 million. The CDFI Fund provides technical assistance to local programs and organizations that draw new sources of capital to their communities.
President Trump’s budget proposes eliminating the following programs:
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps low-income families and seniors heat and cool their homes.
- Economic Development Administration (EDA), which helps Ohio communities fund needed projects and create jobs.
- Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a public-private partnership consisting of MEP centers throughout all 50 states. Brown has been a strong supporter of the MEP, which provides approximately $5 million a year to Ohio’s 7 MEP centers. These centers help small and medium-sized manufacturers increase sales and achieve cost-savings.
- Community Services Block Grant, which provides support to low-income families.
- Community Development Block Grant, which provides critical support to Ohio communities.
- Department of Transportation TIGER Grant Program, which provides multimodal investments to revitalize cities and promote freight movement, and the Capital Investment Grant program, which expands rail and bus transit services. Multiple Ohio communities have benefited from these programs, and new applications, like Columbus's Rickenbacker Inland Port Interstate Connector and Youngstown's Smar2t Corridor, would be prevented from applying for funds.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which provides student loan forgiveness for certain student borrowers who serve a requisite number of years in public service.