Washington, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters released the following statement on President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget and infrastructure plan from Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“Trump’s 2019 budget and infrastructure proposal continue this administration’s dangerous trend of prioritizing corporate polluters over safeguards for our environment and public health. This year Trump once again recommends gutting the agencies that protect our clean air, water, lands and wildlife, while adding an extreme rollback of our bedrock environmental laws disguised as an infrastructure plan.
“We don’t have to choose between fixing our crumbling infrastructure and having clean air and water, yet Trump’s infrastructure plan is nothing more than another scam that would destroy our environment, privatize our public works, increase taxes on the middle class, and bulldoze communities’ ability to have a say in the projects happening in their own backyard. Never mind that it does nothing to prioritize communities that need the most help, move our country toward a clean energy future, or plan for a changing climate.
“Coupled with a budget that starves the EPA, clean energy and other environmental priorities, Trump’s dangerous agenda shows yet again that he’s doing whatever he can to sell out our children’s future to the highest bidder and reveals his true priorities – polluters over people. We will work tirelessly with our allies in Congress to ensure that both of these plans are rejected and that Congress instead addresses the needs of our communities and infrastructure with smart, forward-looking and sustainable investments.”