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May 23, 2017

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.”