Vice Chair Crowley Statement on President Obama’s Budget

Feb 9, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs, In the Community

Crowley Commends President for Focus on Access to Childcare and Retirement Security 

(Queens, N.Y.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017:

“A budget is a reflection of priorities and values, and in his proposal released today, the President has laid out a vision to build a better, stronger America for everyone. With a focus on growth, opportunity, and security, the President’s budget includes critical investments in the future; investments that will benefit the people of Queens and the Bronx and our country as a whole.

“I am particularly pleased the President’s budget focuses on giving hardworking families a hand, including funding to help families manage the high costs of childcare. I recently announced legislation that will put affordable, quality childcare within reach for American families because no parent should have to choose between putting food on the table or knowing their child is well-cared for. Financial subsidies can make all the difference for a family that’s struggling to afford childcare, but current funding levels are stagnant, leaving many families and children behind. We should do all we can to help hardworking families, and this budget clearly makes this a priority.  

“In addition to helping kids get the right start in life, we must also focus our energies on helping more Americans save for retirement and the future. It’s clear that savings are the path for middle-class families to achieve the American Dream, yet that dream is being put at risk. Building on his myRA retirement savings program, I’m pleased the President is continuing to make retirement security a priority. Now is the time for smart, forward-looking ideas to ensure hardworking Americans are able to save for the future and build a nest egg. 

“The President’s budget represents progress – not just from where we started, but for where we want to go. I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress to move the ideas in the President’s proposal forward and establish an economy that works for everyone.”

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.