COSTELLO RESPONDS TO BUDGET BLUEPRINT
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) issued the following statement regarding the budget blueprint released this morning by the Administration.
“Proposed cuts in the budget blueprint to programs that have a lasting, positive impact on our communities and that my constituents value are unacceptable to me, including those to medical research, environmental protection, and public education,” said Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06). “I remain committed to being a strong advocate for programs that deserve continued federal support, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure a thoughtful approach is taken when reviewing the budget blueprint.”
While Congress is ultimately responsible for passing the budget and Rep. Costello takes seriously his role in being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, he expressed concerns over cuts that were suggested to overall funding levels for the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He will be evaluating the proposed budget in its entirety in further detail to ensure spending reductions are responsibly targeted, as opposed to cutting programs he believes will benefit Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District.
Rep. Costello believes each Administration has the opportunity to put forth a budget of its priorities, and he identified the proposed $500 million increase for opioid prevention and treatment, increased funding for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, investments to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and not adding to the national debt as priorities he shares with the Administration.