Construction groups and HVAC industry officials reacted cautiously to the White House’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal, praising parts while expressing concern over some suggested program cuts.
Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, pointed out that the final budget will likely be very different than what President Donald J. Trump proposed.
“Therefore, it is better to see this document for what it is -- a policy statement designed to provoke significant and productive debate about the best way to address the nation's aging infrastructure while simultaneously suggesting appropriate spending priorities,” Sandherr said. "While it is easy to criticize specific elements of this or any other proposed budget, the president should be commended for doing what too few other politicians have been willing to do: make it clear that we need to make tough choices about future spending priorities, be willing to rethink long-held programmatic assumptions, significantly increase funding for America's infrastructure and find new ways to leverage private-sector resources to supplement federal investments."
In a statement, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute said it looks forward to working with Congress to ensure that programs important to the HVAC industry are funded properly. The institute expressed concern with cuts to the Energy Department’s Energy Star certification program and cuts to the department overall.
“AHRI and its 315 member manufacturers look forward to working with Congress to arrive at funding levels that allow federal agencies to operate effectively,” the institute said.