Trump budget would slash NYCHA aid
President Donald Trump's budget proposal contains major cuts to many domestic programs and a boost in defense spending.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez reacted on Twitter, arguing that the budget would benefit wealthy people at the expense of working families.
The areas hit hardest are the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department -- each facing cuts of 31 percent. The Department of Agriculture would see its funds slashed by 21 percent. Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development would each see 13 percent cuts.
The cuts to education include eliminating billions of dollars in grants for teacher training and after-school programs. They would also reduce federal work-study aid. Charter schools would see an increase in funding.
The housing cuts would strain NYCHA and other public housing authorities around the country by eliminating tens of millions of dollars in funding for community development and affordable housing.
City Councilman Ritchie Torres tweeted "I would not be here today without NYCHA public housing" and called for protecting the housing authority from the president's proposed cuts.
The departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs would see a combined increase of 23 percent. The money would go toward fighting the Islamic State group and buying new ships, fighter jets and other weapons.
The president's proposal is just a proposal. Congress has the power to finalize the federal budget.