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Rep. Zeldin Statement on President's Proposed Budget Cuts Negatively Impacting Brookhaven National Lab and SUNY-Stony Brook

March 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) released the following statement today regarding President Trump’s proposed budget cuts that would negatively impact Brookhaven National Laboratory and the State University of New York at Stony Brook:

Congressman Zeldin said, “There are many positive proposals under President Trump’s budget request, including a proposed increase in funding for national security and defense, counterterrorism efforts, veterans care at VA facilities, mental health care support and services, and infrastructure improvements, just to list a few. These are efforts that I have been continuously supportive of throughout my time in Congress and I’ll continue to push for this funding to ensure that it is granted. However, I strongly oppose the proposed cuts to Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), SUNY Stony Brook (SBU) and other sources of scientific research in the First Congressional District. Throughout the years, we have seen some of the world's greatest science research conducted at these facilities.”

“Regardless of who is in the White House, the Constitution puts government funding strictly under Congress to initiate through the appropriations process,” Congressman Zeldin continued. “The President’s budget request is just that: a request. It has no force of law or legislation.”

“Advocating for important funding that impacts the First Congressional District is one of my top priorities and as Congress takes up funding bills this spring and summer, I will continue advocating for the proper funding for the First Congressional District and all of Long Island,” Congressman Zeldin concluded.

Earlier this week, Congressman Zeldin joined with U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) to urge Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, to oppose cuts to the EPA’s Long Island Sound geographic program. You can read more here.  
This week, Congressman Zeldin also hosted a press conference, where he was joined by local elected officials and environmental advocates, calling for full support of the Long Island Sound Program and National Estuary Program to ensure both are fully supported and funded in the upcoming appropriations process; and not eliminated. Read more here.