For Immediate Release: Monday, March 20, 2017
Montgomery County Council to consider
resolution on Tuesday,
March 21, asking Congress to reject
President Trump’s proposed budget
ROCKVILLE, Md., March 20, 2017—The Montgomery County Council during its session on Tuesday, March 21, will introduce, and take action on, a resolution “to condemn President Trump’s federal budget proposal and to urge the United States Congress to reject it on behalf of Montgomery County residents.”
The resolution will be introduced during the Council’s regular weekly session, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The session, and four public hearings scheduled to run consecutively starting at 1:30 p.m., will be will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon.
The session also will be available live via streaming through the Council web site at http://tinyurl.com/z9982v8 . The meeting will be rebroadcast starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 24.
The resolution states, in part: “Montgomery County and its residents would be significantly harmed if President Trump’s budget were adopted. Approximately 48,000 Montgomery County residents work for the federal government and many thousands more are federal contractors; Montgomery County is home to many of the agencies that are targeted for deep cuts, including NIH, NOAA and NIST; and Montgomery County receives more than $134 million in federal funds.”
The resolution further states: “The federal budget proposed by President Trump would eliminate or drastically reduce funding for programs that provide critically important assistance to low income residents, including, but not limited to, ‘Meals on Wheels’ for seniors, utility bill assistance, emergency food assistance, local anti-poverty efforts, homelessness, affordable housing and job training.”
The resolution concludes: “The Council calls on Congress and our Congressional Delegation to exercise its Constitutional authority as appropriators to reject President Trump’s proposed budget and to adopt a revised budget that truly reflects the values and priorities of a majority of Montgomery County residents and the American people.”
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