Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Joins Members of the IL Congressional Delegation, Environmental Groups to Denounce Trump’s Dirty Budget
Chicago, IL – Today Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), Nicole Cantello, President of AFGE Local 704, Representatives from Sierra Club Illinois and other environmental organizations at an Earth Day rally to denounce President Trump’s budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The 31% reduction proposed by Trump is another assault in a series of unprecedented attacks on protections for clean air, drinking water, national parks and programs that protect the health and safety of families and communities across the Midwest.
Congressman García issued the following statement:
“In my district, asthma exacerbated by diesel emissions from trucks and buses is a major health problem. Yet President Trump wants to cut 90% of the funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant program, which provides money to retrofit or replace diesel-powered vehicles with cleaner models.
“Concerned mothers have come to my district office sharing their stories about how climate change is impacting their daily lives. The increased frequency of extreme weather events in the Midwest adversely affects their children’s health raising concerns about the quality of the air they breathe and the water they drink.
“Trump’s Dirty Budget will cut another 2,000 employees from the EPA, on top of the 1,000 cut last year. What we will be left with, is the illusion of a regulatory agency, but in fact the EPA will be reduced to a shell of such an agency, unable to enforce the safety it was created to preserve. Instead of leading the charge to combat climate change, President Trump is abdicating American leadership on the global stage.
Additional EPA cuts in Trump’s 2020 Budget proposal include:
- Cutting funds to the agency’s air office by 40 percent.
- Eliminating funding for vital programs under the Toxics Risk Review and Prevention programs, including the Pollution Prevention, Endocrine Disruptors and Lead Risk Reduction programs.
- Slashing funding for the Atmospheric Protection Program, which tracks annual greenhouse gas emissions, by 90 percent.