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Schumer, Maloney differ on federal budget deal

WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced on Wednesday that he and Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan agreement on a two-year federal budget that Schumer said could “positively impact” middle-class New Yorkers.

But, Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, a fellow Democrat, doesn’t see it that way.

Schumer called the budget “An historic, bipartisan budget deal” that will increase federal investments in New York. “It lifts the spending caps for defense and urgent domestic priorities, so our armed forces, for the first time in a long time, well-funded, and so many things that affect middle-class New Yorkers will be well-funded as well. We have had months of legislative logjams and yet this budget is a true bi-partisan breakthrough.”

Schumer said the budget also includes $6 billion to fight opioid abuse, $5.8 billion for affordable healthcare for working families, $4 billion that aid college completion and affordability; a 10 percent increase in funding for healthcare including community health centers; and relief for dairy farmers.

Maloney said the proposed Senate budget would add billions to the deficit on top of the $1.5 trillion added by the tax bill. He called the proposal “irresponsible… collusion… a pay-off.”

Maloney called it “drunken-sailor spending that comes right after Republicans in Washington put trillions in new debt on our country’s credit card… (and will) kick the can down the road when we should tackle our problems now – from the deficit to the Dreamers.”

While Schumer said the spending plan is good for New Yorkers, his fellow Democrat, Maloney, said, “This budget-busting deal is bad for my neighbors in the Hudson Valley.”

 


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