Murkowski Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget Request

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today responded to President Trump’s full budget request for Fiscal Year 2018:

“This budget request clarifies the blueprint President Trump released in March. Now that he has detailed his priorities, the appropriations committees in Congress will begin the process of setting actual funding levels for Fiscal Year 2018.

“A President’s budget is more of a vision than anything else. I agree with the President’s emphasis in this budget on economic growth, a strong national defense, developing our natural resources, and balancing the budget. I am particularly pleased to see a proposal for energy production from the non-wilderness 1002 area and continued investments in Alaska’s defense infrastructure, which will improve Alaska’s economy and strengthen our national security.

“However, there are elements of this budget I strongly disagree with – especially the drastic cuts to programs intended to help the most vulnerable among us. I will, as always, fight for Alaska’s priorities and work with my colleagues to ensure we do not leave behind those who need help the most.”

Murkowski is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.