The Tea Party-influenced continuing resolution to the federal budget proposed Friday by House Republican leadership has two early local critics: Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island).
King and Grimm took a clear shot at GOP leadership this morning, bemoaning cuts to mass transit, the federal low-income heating assistance program, and law enforcement.
The two downstate Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging the reinstatement of $400 million for low-income heating assistance, $200 million in mass transit security grants, $150 million to Amtrak and an unstated amount to the COPS law enforcement program.
“We absolutely believe that deep budget cuts are required,” King and Grimm say in their letter. “We have concluded, however, that the totality of the cuts proposed by the Republican Conference will impose a disproportionate impact on our region. We ask you, therefore, to reconsider these cuts in light of their particular harmful effect on the NYC-LI region.”
The full text of the letter is below.