On April 13, Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, joined Nonprofit Westchester, Westchester Women’ and local advocacy organization leaders for a forum on the impacts of President Trump’s policies and budget on the arts, childcare, afterschool programs, health, immigration, and LGBTQ community in the Lower Hudson Valley.
“If you’re working hard every day and still can’t make ends meet, you’re out of luck in Trump’s America,” said Lowey. “The Trump budget would decimate investments crucial to the health, safety, and wellbeing of families and children in New York and across the country. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting against these draconian cuts, and I will work to expand investments that improve the lives of Lower Hudson Valley residents.”
President Trump’s proposed budget framework would eliminate the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities, after school programs for 87,480 New York children, heating and cooling for more than 1.2 million vulnerable New York households, more than $1.7 million in legal services for low-income New Yorkers, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, putting AmeriCorps on the chopping block. In addition, the President has yet to release his full Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal or detail his requested $54 billion in cuts and reductions to non-defense domestic programs, which would jeopardize important services on which hardworking American families rely.
“We were pleased to partner with Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Westchester Women’s Agenda for this informative discussion about the President’s proposed budget, which calls for cuts to critical services including arts, health education and childcare services,” said Joanna Straub, Executive Director of Nonprofit Westchester. “Congresswoman Lowey’s update from Washington gave local advocacy leaders insight on how these proposed cuts will impact the families who rely on nonprofit services. NPW will continue to find ways to strengthen the impact, capacity and visibility of the nonprofit sector for a more just and caring community.”
Nonprofit Westchester is a membership collective comprised of 142 Westchester nonprofit organizations. Its mission is to strengthen the impact, capacity and visibility of the nonprofit sector in Westchester County to achieve a more just and caring community.
Congresswoman Lowey has spent her career fighting to protect the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Education from crippling cuts, and is fighting in Washington to expand investments in programs that support the wellbeing of American families.