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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Budget and Appropriations

The Federal Budget and the Appropriations process are important to our district and to my work in Congress.

Given our current economic climate, and the mounting national debt, it is imperative that Congress take appropriate action to protect future generations. This is an ongoing debate that requires the cooperation of both parties. I remain committed to responsibly reducing the deficit, but not at the cost of critical programs that support our most vulnerable communities. We cannot only rely on hard working American families to continue making the majority of the sacrifices. Irresponsible cuts not only weaken our nation's full recovery, but also weaken our ability to create jobs. We must address our growing deficit in a strategic and comprehensive manner.

Many proposals to change our federal budget and our tax code have been offered recently. Last year, I voted in favor of H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, also known as the legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. This bill, now law, was not perfect, but I believe it is in reaching out and finding compromise that we find a way to move forward, keep our economy on the right track, and increase employment for hard-working people in Missouri’s Fifth District.

This law permanently extended tax cuts for the middle-class, extended credit for working families, and provided additional measures to protect families and promote economic growth. The law required millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share to reduce the deficit, through a combination of permanent tax rate increases and reduced tax benefits. And this agreement ensured that we can continue to make investments in education, clean energy, and manufacturing that create jobs and strengthen the middle class. While these are broad and complex issues, ultimately I believe we need to create jobs, reduce the deficit, help small businesses grow, and support the middle-class. I support closing loopholes that help companies ship jobs overseas, encouraging businesses to keep and create well-paying jobs here, and investing in our country’s infrastructure and education. 

I support ending the damaging sequester, and I have opposed sequestration since it first came before the House Floor for a vote. As you may know, sequestration is a process of automatic, largely across-the-board spending reductions. Sequestration has its origins in the Budget Control Act, which I did not support. It has always been avoidable, and in fact was created to be so awful and disastrous that it would encourage Congress to come together to avoid it. Our economy is still recovering, and these drastic and dangerous cuts have hurt children, seniors, small businesses, public servants, and men and women who so proudly and selflessly wear a uniform to protect our country. We need to replace these arbitrary, unnecessary cuts and enact legislation to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, grow the economy, and responsibly reduce the deficit. I have – and I will continue – to call on all of my colleagues to do what is right for our nation’s economy, and for the hardworking families in my district.

Overall, we must expand economic growth for all, make critical investments in our future, and reduce the deficit. We must put forth a budget which does not provide for tax breaks for the wealthy and big business on the backs of hard working American families and our most vulnerable communities.


More on Budget and Appropriations

Jun 12, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to announce that funding has been provided by the U.S. Army Corps’ Fiscal Year 2017 work plan to complete the Blue River Basin/Dodson Levee and the Turkey Creek Basin projects in the Kansas City area.

“This is great news. This was a long standing effort and I’m pleased to help with funding to see these projects reach the finish line,” said Congressman Cleaver.

May 23, 2017

(Washington D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is deeply troubled by President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. The budget calls for a harmful reduction in programs that help every day, working families. It would gut safety net programs that serve many of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. The proposal cuts taxes for the wealthy while cutting crucial housing, education, and health care services.

Apr 21, 2017

(Kansas City, MO) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to announce that the Kansas City Public Library will share a nearly quarter-million dollar grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This two year grant of, $249,586, will be used to advance the Kansas City Public Library’s digital learning program.

Mar 28, 2017

(Washington D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is extremely concerned about the effects that President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget will have on rural Americans and small town citizens.

“This budget is not for rural America and it hurts working families, veterans, and especially low-income families and seniors,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Mar 17, 2017

Yesterday, President Donald Trump released his FY 2018 budget recommendations. Though the power to spend and appropriate lies squarely with Congress, every year the President offers a budget proposal. This year’s budget proposal left me astounded. Surely something with such blatant disregard for our most vulnerable citizens could not, should not, and will not pass in Congress.

President Trump’s cuts to several departments are simply put - harmful. This budget hurts working families, veterans, and especially low-income families and elderly citizens.

Mar 16, 2017

“President Trump’s FY18 budget contains significant cuts and changes to several departments that are simply put -- harmful.

Dec 20, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) advocated for the inclusion of language in the end-of-year Continuing Resolution – H.R. 2028 - and is pleased to announce that the language was included in the final bill. H.R. 2028 was passed by the U.S. House earlier this month by a vote of 326-96. This added language will help further the redevelopment of the old Bannister Complex.

Feb 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House sent President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to Congress.  Congressman Cleaver applauded the President for putting forward a budget that builds the foundation for a strong American future – investing in innovation for the 21st century, advancing a world-class education system, and empowering hard-working families.

Dec 22, 2015

For more than five years, I have written a weekly commentary treatise promoting the need for an elevation in congressional civility and a denunciation of the notion that compromise means capitulations. Four hundred and thirty-four Members of the House of Representatives receive the weekly congressional communiqué. Hundreds, over the years, from both sides of the aisle, have expressed enlightenment in the ruminations.

Feb 2, 2015

Today, U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) and Al Green (TX-09) announced that President Obama has included funding for body cameras in his FY2016 budget.