Rep. Susie Lee on Proposed Administration Budget: ‘Our Already Underfunded Schools Will Suffer’

February 13, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2021 federal budget, which includes $6.2 billion in cuts to the federal education budget and the outright elimination of vital after-school program funding, poignantly hurting working families across southern Nevada.

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) released the following statement in response to the proposed cuts: 

“Budgets are a statement of our values. This budget demonstrates that the administration is willing to leave our elderly, working families—and perhaps the cruelest of all—our students behind. The majority of Clark County School District students living in poverty places an additional weight on our schools. Vital programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, after school programs, and Title I, are drastically cut under this budget, which will have our students further behind at a time when they need it most. Our already underfunded schools will suffer, no doubt. These programs are essential building blocks to helping families succeed, making these cuts particularly cruel, as they pointedly hurt those families and children who need it the most."

BACKGROUND:  

Trump Administration’s FY21 Budget By the Numbers 

  • Imposes an 8.5 percent cut to Department of Education resources, a total cut of $6.2 billion, including the elimination of funding for after school programs. 
    • Includes cuts in federal funding that go towards K-12 public school programs like the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. 
       
  • Slashes investment in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $182 billion over the next decade, including substantial cuts to free and reduced school lunches that benefit K-12 students from low-income families. 
     
  • Cuts $170 billion from student loan programs over the next decade, including the elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  
     
  • Cuts Medicare by half a trillion dollars and Social Security Disability Insurance by $24 billion over the next decade.  
     
  • Eliminates the Community Development Block Grant, making it harder for communities to address needs like safe housing, economic opportunities, and public facility improvements. 
     
  • Reduces the Department of Agriculture's rural broadband programs by $305 million, making it harder for rural communities to connect to the 21st century economy. 
     
  • Slashes funding for Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Development Grants, by $93 million, making it harder for small businesses to grow and compete. 

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