"Trump’s budget is weak on crime," Nadler said. "Reducing resources for vital programs… will not reduce crime, and will actually make our citizens less safe."
Nadler’s statement accompanied a House Judiciary Committee Democratic staff analysis of Trump’s 2019 budget proposal. The analysis revealed that Trump wants to eliminate the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office as a separate entity while cutting support for hiring law enforcement personnel.
"At a time when local law enforcement budgets are stretched, the President proposes to slash assistance for the hiring of police officers by nearly 40% to $99 million and to eliminate the currently separate COPS Office — a critical advocate for community policing and providing assistance to those on the front lines of protecting our communities," the release said.
The White Housed submitted its $4.4 trillion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal to US Congress on Monday, which called for $688 billion in annual military funding, a 13 percent increase over prior year. Critics assailed the proposal for requesting to substantially boost defense spending while cutting more than $1 trillion in funding for social programs, including healthcare and retirement assistance for senior citizens.