President Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Reduces Health Insurance and Opioid Treatment Communities and Housing Funding
On February 13, 2018, NJ.Com reported on “11 (mostly bad) ways Trump’s federal budget would have an impact on you, Jersey.” NJ.Com’s Jonathan Salant writes about eleven ways that New Jersey will lose out with President Trump’s proposed budget.
President Trump’s budget proposal is for the 12 months beginning October 1 and this budget is similar to last year’s budget with “Sharp cuts in domestic spending and large increases for the military.”
“The Republican-controlled Congress rejected his earlier plan, enacting a two-year budget that increases both defense and domestic spending. That didn’t stop Trump Monday from proposing a fresh round of deep cuts.”
“You don’t have to spend all of this money, Congress,” Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday. “But if you do, here is how we would prefer to see you spend it.”
But it is likely that Congress will also reject this current plan.
“Just ask House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen from New Jersey. ‘The committee will perform our own analysis and craft legislation that reflects the will of the House and the needs of the people we represent,’ said Frelinghuysen, R-11th Dist.”
Especially concerning to advocates for and those who working helping low-income and homeless households are three of the ways that the president’s proposed budget will hurt New Jersey:
- 900,000 more New Jerseyans won’t have health insurance – “Trump resurrected plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act with legislation that would leave millions more Americans without health insurance. He embraced the last-ditch repeal legislation authored by U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., that didn’t even have enough support to come up for a vote.”
- N.J. cities would lose federal aid – “The budget would eliminate the annual grants that go to urban areas for housing and economic development. New Jersey and its localities received $78 million in community development block grant funding last year.”
- More to fight opioid addiction (but other drug policy cuts) – “Trump requested $10 billion to address the opioid crisis, There will be an increase in treatment, a national media campaign and efforts to encourage doctors to reduce opioid prescriptions.”
“I’m grateful the administration is calling for this critical funding,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-3rd Dist., the Republican chair of the congressional Bipartisan Heroin Task Force
But proposed cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy drew objections from MacArthur and other task force leaders, including Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st Dist.
The lawmakers called the proposed cut “an unnecessary and ill-advised risk” because a strong drug policy office “is a critical component of an effective and aggressive response to the devastation that heroin, opioids, and other drugs are causing in our communities.”