JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Democratic Members of Missouri’s House of Representatives took to the floor of the capitol this week to highlight how President Trump’s proposed budget will gut the state’s resources for water and waste water infrastructure. In contrast, Missouri’s Republicans in Congress continue to run and hide from answering for how Trump’s budget will harm the communities they represent.
Among a wide array of harmful cuts to programs for seniors, veterans and rural economic development, Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate nearly $500 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is used to fund water and waste water projects.
In 2016, USDA provided a total of nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants that went toward over 30 water and waste water projects throughout Missouri. That year, 65% of water and waste water investments from USDA focused on Missouri drinking water projects. In 2015, USDA provided a total of over $60 million for 40 water and waste water projects. That year, almost 70% of water and waste water investments from USDA focused on Missouri drinking water projects.
“This also gives us an opportunity to push back against the Trump administration proposed budget cuts of 500 million dollars to the USDA to fund water and wastewater projects all around this state and all around this nation,” said Representative Kip Kendrick. “It’s also important that we contact our elected officials in D.C. to make sure they push back so that this federal match is still there because it’s critical for rural Missouri as well as all Missourians.”
Similarly, Representative Michael Butler raised a series of questions surrounding the uncertainty of water and waste water programs in Missouri because of Trump’s proposed budget. “I was wondering if you’re familiar with some cuts that the federal government, the Trump Administration, has proposed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?” said Rep. Butler. “I just want to make sure that we’re not losing some kind of match, not filling in for something that could be done federally.”
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber added, “Missouri’s Republicans in Congress are running scared from Donald Trump’s budget because it will devastate the communities they represent. The state’s GOP delegation is once again showing how spineless they are when it comes to standing up for Missourians – and it’s time we hold them accountable.”
- In 2016, The United State Department of Agriculture funded nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants for over 30 water and waste water projects in Missouri. In 2015, USDA invested over $60 million in federal loans and grants for 40 water and waste water projects in Missouri. (USDA 2016 & USDA 2015)
- In 2016, 65% of water and waste water investments from the USDA in Missouri were focused on drinking water projects. In 2015, that figure was nearly 70%. (USDA 2016 & USDA 2015)
- President Trump’s proposed budget “eliminates $498 million in funding for rural water systems.” (Center for American Progress)