Chairwoman Maloney Statement on Trump Administration’s FY2021 Budget

Feb 10, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued this statement following the release of the Trump Administration FY 2021 budget:

“Once again, the Trump Administration has failed to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to improving the lives of hardworking Americans.  The President’s budget slashes funding for critical programs and continues to prioritize his special projects above the American people.

“Making draconian cuts to critical federal government operations that Americans rely upon is unacceptable.  Using these cuts to justify spending billions of taxpayer dollars on the ineffective and unnecessary border wall is simply immoral.

“On the heels of the Committee’s hearings imploring the Administration to cease its attacks on children – we see drastic cuts to programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and CHIP.  It’s crystal clear that the President is trying to balance his out-of-control budget request on the backs of the American people, especially our children.”

Background on The Office of National Drug Control Policy:

  • The President’s budget cuts hundreds of billions from Medicaid and slashes funding to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which is responsible for coordinating the federal government’s response to the drug crisis.
  • We should be doubling down on our efforts to end the opioid epidemic.  Instead, President Trump’s budget abandons our commitment to those struggling with addiction when they need us most.

Background on the Office of Special Counsel:

  • President Trump’s insufficient funding to OSC is just the latest example of the Trump Administration undermining protections for whistleblowers and federal employees. 
  • OSC estimates that President Trump’s proposed budget would force the agency to reduce current staffing levels by over 10%. 
  • According to OSC, these staff cuts would reduce the number of individuals responsible for receiving whistleblower disclosures and investigating discrimination, retaliation, and other prohibited personnel practices against federal employees. 
  • OSC warns that the proposed budget would “adversely impact the agency’s ability to fulfill [its] statutory mission.” 

Background on the Federal Workforce:

  • The President’s budget request attacks the heart of our civil service by seeking to abolish the Office of Personnel Management and place control of our merit-system principles inside the Executive Office of the President.  Despite bipartisan statutory opposition to this dangerous proposal, President Trump continues to threaten our hardworking federal employees and the nonpartisan nature of our national workforce.
  • The proposed 1% pay increase for federal civilian employees is an insult to the hardworking members of the civil service.  For the two years that Democrats have had control of the House of Representatives, we have overridden the Administration’s proposal to freeze federal civilian employee pay and provided federal employees with pay increases of 1.9% and 3.1%.
  • The Administration still rejects pay parity between civilian employees and military service members, who would receive a 3% pay raise under the Administration’s proposed budget.
  • The President seeks to balance an out-of-control budget request on the backs of our federal employees, eliminating cost-of-living increases for current and future retirees, requiring employees to increase their retirement payments, and attempting to limit federal employees’ choice in health plans. Since 2017, these proposals have been rejected by Congress on a bipartisan basis and continue to be dead on arrival.

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116th Congress