Trump’s proposed FY18 budget, named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” has extremely harmful implications for the country and El Paso.
Mexico is the largest foreign market for U.S. corn. If Trump backs the USA out of NAFTA, and in addition to his decreased investment in agriculture via the FY18 budget, our national agriculture industry would be imperil. That also has implications for the El Paso-Juarez area in the loss of jobs, unemployment, etc.
Anybody suffering from allergies or severe asthma because of pollution??? Trump’s budget priorities will severely hinder the EPA, and with a mission to protect human health and the environment that will go underfunded the severity of the allergies you experience now will pale in comparison to what you will experience with no safeguards to protect us. For El Pasoans, the implications include: 1) spending more on healthcare for doctor visits and medications, 2) a sicker workforce, and 3) the loss of visibility (of our beautiful mountains). Look at Beijing and New Delhi, and the quality of life those cities can offer. Did you know that in 2016 in India 1.1 million people died prematurely due to the effects of air pollution? Air pollution is associated with many negative health outcomes (most notably diminished heath health) and emerging research is even linking prolonged exposure to air pollution with dementia! This is not the direction our national government should go, and not in the direction that is best for all El Pasoans. The EPA will see the biggest reduction in funding.
3) Good Bye Arts, Sesame Street, and NPR
These agencies will lose all discretionary funding: African Development Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, US Institute of Peace, US Interagency Council on Homelessness, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Many other programs would loose too: Community Development Block Grant, Teacher Quality Partnership, Minority Business Development Agency, and many programs through the Small Business Administration.
5) Many others
Other agencies that will lose big with Trump’s FY18 budget: Department of Health and Human Services, Dept. of Education, Corps of Engineers, and HUD.
6) Don’t forget about ‘The Wall’
Trump is calling for an additional $3 BILLION in FY17 to begin construction on ‘The Wall.’ Another $2.6 BILLION for FY18 for “high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology” (including construction). So I guess WE ARE paying for The Wall!
Trump’s budget covers only discretionary spending. Mandatory spending is set by other laws. Trump has sent his budget to Congress, and Congress can dismiss it all together (they did Obama’s last year). El Paso’s Mayor needs to be vocal about these issues at the State and Federal levels and their impact on El Paso.