Ranking Member Johnson Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget
(Washington, DC) – Earlier today, President Trump released his FY18 budget proposal.
Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement.
“With this budget request, President Trump has made it very clear that he has no intention of prioritizing investments in the R&D that drives our economy, keeps our nation competitive, and protects the environment and public health. This ill-conceived budget request would make a devastating 36% cut to the Department of Energy’s science and technology programs, including the elimination of ARPA-E, the Department’s entire portfolio of Energy Innovation Hubs, and the Loan Programs Office. It would cut the National Science Foundation by 11%, the National Institute of Standards and Technology by almost 25%, and it would eviscerate the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, cutting it by almost a third. Instead of preserving and promoting America’s leadership in science and technology, this budget would put our nation on a path of decline.
“I know that many Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle share my concerns about this harsh and misguided budget request, and I hope and expect that by the time the appropriations process is over we will have achieved a saner outcome.”