Curbelo Comments on the President’s FY19 Budget Proposal
Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement commenting on the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal released today:
“Today’s budget proposal from the Administration is certainly not reflective of the direction our federal government resources should take. From significant reductions to agencies needed to protect our environment and combat the threats of climate change and sea level rise, to cuts to Community Block Grants that assist in disaster recovery, this budget abandons progress already made on any programs that enjoy bipartisan support.
“I am, however, encouraged by his prioritizing of our national infrastructure. While the exact amount still needs to be negotiated and studied, our airports, roads, bridges, waterways, ports and railways are long overdue for modernization and will require a significant investment. I also welcome the much-needed investment in the Internal Revenue Service as they work toward implementing the historic tax reform legislation passed last year, and maintained funding for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.
“As the House looks to begin its own budget and appropriations process, my colleagues and I will work to ensure many of these programs remain adequately funded. As I've done in the past, I’m committed to standing together to advocate for the many bipartisan priorities of our Florida delegation such as funding for transportation projects, the Florida Keys Water Quality Improvement Program, disaster relief, and Everglades Restoration.”