The suggested budget put out by the Trump White House is draconian, to say the least. Except for the military, which we already overspend on, and the wall Mexico was supposed to pay for, Trump’s administration wants to cut pretty much everything.
Apparently, Mick Mulvaney, the White House Budget Director as well as the temporary head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), used the budget to reignite a years-old feud about the agency that takes care of the healthcare for 9/11 first responders, and New York politicians on both sides of the aisle are mad about it.
‘Members of the New York City Congressional delegation on Sunday urged a rollback of a Trump administration plan that they said would risk the health of first responders who worked during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks – and others who were made ill by the toxins released that day.
‘Long Island U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York) had harsh words for budget director Mick Mulvaney. King said Mulvaney opposed the World Trade Center Health Program as a congressman representing South Carolina, and is now trying to split it apart from the National Institute from Occupational Safety and Health.
‘“To have him making this proposal really, really makes me even more suspicious,” King said.
‘“We made a promise to always care for those who were there for us that day – that horrible day – and in the weeks and months that followed,” Maloney said.
‘Maloney called the Mulvaney plan “a new low, even for the Trump administration.”’
Watch: No, Trump’s budget doesn’t reduce the deficit:
New York Reps. Peter King (R), Jerry Nadler (D) and Carolyn Maloney (D) submitted the original bill, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, which led to the creation of the World Trade Center Health Program.
Right now, the World Center Health Program is part of the CDC, within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Under the Trump administration’s budget, NIOSH, which shares a great deal of staff and space with the World Trade Center Health Program, will be moved under the National Institutes of Health.
According to New York Daily News, that move would be devastating:
‘Although it would appear on paper to be a simple rearrangement, lawmakers and 9/11 advocates say the impact would be dreadful for the more than 83,000 responders and survivors who rely on the WTC Health Program to receive treatments, medications and monitoring for injuries and illnesses caused by toxins at Ground Zero and other 9/11 sites.
…’The potential shifting of resources and manpower will come just as several key contracts within the WTC Health Program — such as those for prescription programs — are up for five-year renewal, prompting concerns that services will be interrupted to some of those suffering from 9/11 illnesses.
‘“This administration seems to only be able to tear things down, but here they are putting injured 9/11 responders’ health at risk, too many who have cancer and have suffered enough. They need to withdraw this stupid idea and leave NIOSH alone. This is not making America great, only making 9/11 responders sicker,” said Feal, who urged WTC program members to call Mulvaney to ask him to change his mind.’
It’s worth noting that not even Mulvaney thinks his budget should be passed.
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