O’Halleran Denounces Harmful Cuts in FY21 Budget Proposal

February 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, in response to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal, Congressman Tom O’Halleran released the following statement:

“Our national debt and deficit are rising, but we cannot address this issue by cutting Social Security, Medicaid, and funding for our public schools. This proposed budget hamstrings rural and tribal communities, hampers our ability to address uranium mine clean up, and doubles down on partisan attacks on those with pre-existing conditions.”

The president’s proposed FY21 budget

  • cuts $1.6 trillion from health care programs over the next ten years, including $900 billion from Medicaid;
  • cuts $24 billion from Social Security, making drastic cuts to the Disability Insurance program;
  • cuts $6.2 billion from the Department of Education and eliminates funding for after school programs;
  • cuts $2.4 billion from the EPA, hampering the agency’s ability to provide federal remediation for hazardous uranium mine sites across the southwest;
  • cuts entirely the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program and Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, restricting the development of sovereign tribal energy projects and limiting federal research into energy technologies of the future; 
  • and eliminates the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) which supports housing programs for domestic violence survivors.

“This is not the time for partisan cuts,” continued O’Halleran. “We must come together in a bipartisan, bicameral way to find real solutions to address our national debt and deficit, not slash programs on which hardworking Arizona families and rural communities rely.”