Rep. O'Halleran: Budget Proposal Bad for Jobs, Rural Arizona

February 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) comments on the Trump Administration's budget proposal.

“The budget proposed today by the Trump Administration would hurt rural communities, veterans, and seniors,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Rural America needs more tools, not less, to be a part of the economic recovery and create new jobs. This budget slashes the few tools that rural communities depend on to develop, attract, and retain a strong workforce and good jobs. This budget breaks a promise to Rural America, by making jobs, affordable education, and health care harder to access for working families.”

The budget proposal eliminates or reduces the following programs:

  • The Rural Business and Cooperative Service
  • The Economic Development Administration
  • The Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Community Development Block Grants
  • Rural Water and Wastewater Grants
  • Indian Community Development Block Grant
  • Rural Economic Development Program
  • Essential Air Service, critical to businesses in rural communities
  • Reimbursement for rural health care providers
  • Native American Housing Block Grants
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Veterans programs and services

“We must work together in a bipartisan way to ensure every American has the opportunity to compete for good jobs in the 21st century and that we keep our promises to our seniors and veterans,” said O’Halleran.