Cuts to students loan programs, wiping out the Students Loan Forgiveness Program and 8 percent less for the Department of Education has State Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney worried for "hard-working New York families."
This week, the Democrat from Cold Spring detailed in a statement how President Trump's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal is a "no-go" for citizens of Hudson Valley.
In it, Maloney addresses concerns over cuts to federal funding for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, among others.
“The president’s budget shows his willingness to put his campaign promises before the needs of hard-working New York families, seniors and farmers. Not only does it rob the most vulnerable of the healthcare and financial security they rely on, but it puts it all on the credit card for our kids and grandkids," Maloney said.
“Cutting New Yorker’s Social Security and Medicare to pay for more handouts to powerful special interests won’t fly. Period.”
According to Maloney, President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget plan hurts Hudson Valley families, farmers and seniors by:
- Making massive cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security (half-a-trillion dollars from Medicare alone and $900 billion from Medicaid)
- Defunding farmer safety net programs by $60 billion
- Targeting hungry families by cutting nearly $200 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Hollowing out investments in education and job training by cutting access to student loan programs by $179 billion
- Slashing infrastructure with a 13 percent budget cut for the Department of Transportation and $1.7 billion from he Army Corps of Engineers, which leads repair and development projects for the Hudson Valley’s crumbling water infrastructure.
- Defunding Clear Air and Clean Water with a massive 26.5 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).