Rep. Poliquin’s Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement regarding the President’s proposal:
“One of my top priorities in Congress has been doing everything I can to help our Veterans and to make certain they are given the care they were promised, have earned and deserve, especially in my new role serving on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I’m extremely encouraged the President has signaled he shares this interest in his proposal, which promises vital increases to Veterans’ services in Maine and across the Nation. In addition, I’m pleased the President is committed to strengthening our national security and securing essential funding to our American workers, like our shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works.
“However, I want to make sure we maintain support for programs and agencies that serve our families and communities, help protect our environment and provide quality programing for children. I’m specifically concerned about making too significant reductions for programs like LIHEAP, Community Development Block Grants and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I would also need to closely look at any changes to environmental services that directly impact Maine.
“Congress has the Constitutional responsibility to approve a budget for the federal government. I’m going to thoroughly examine the President’s proposal in the coming months as Congress works to approve a final budget.”
The Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget will ultimately be drafted and approved by the U.S. Congress.