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Action-A-Day 5/24: Oppose Cuts to Safety Net Programs in Trump Budget Plan

The Trump administration's plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 makes deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program & SNAP (food stamps). It also cuts domestic programs focused on science and research, the arts, affordable housing & more.

BACKGROUND (From 5 Calls.org)
The Trump administration has released their full 2018 FY Budget proposal, expanding on the requests outlined in March. In addition to drastic funding cuts to the EPA, Planned Parenthood, and the Education Department (effectively diverting funds from public schools to voucher programs), the latest proposal also slashes safety net and anti-poverty programs, a historically severe move that would devastate the lives of millions of low income families.

The proposed budget includes:

  • an $800 billion cut to Medicaid from the AHCA plus an additional $610 billion totaling a 47% budget decrease
  • a $191 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps;
  • other cuts to school lunch programs, disability benefits, domestic abuse assistance programs & more

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded to the proposal, "This would pull the rug out from so many Americans who need help." Alongside these harmful and draconian spending cuts, the budget also makes room for major tax cuts to the super-rich.

The administration's budget proposal will now be taken into consideration by Congress, with the House and Senate Budget Committee holding hearings with agency and department heads and engaging in debate over their own version of a 2018 Budget. Constituents must make it clear to Congress that Trump's budget strays far from true American values, and that crucial government programs that aid individuals in need of protection and assistance should not be cut just to give tax breaks to millionaires and corporations.

SCRIPT
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [Your Town]. I'm calling to express my serious concerns about Trump's proposed budget for 2018, and I urge (Name of Senator / Rep.) to work to maintain funding for crucial government programs instead of cutting them to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Thank you for your time and attention. 

Optional: Share a personal story about why at-risk federal programs are important to you. For example:

  •  I (or someone you know) depend(s) on Medicaid to access treatment for [my/their] illness or disability.
  • The EPA ensures that future generations will inherit a clean, safe & prosperous country.
  •  I believe that funding public education is an investment in our country's future.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

CONTACT
Sen. Ben Cardin contact page: https://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact
202-224-4524

Sen. Chris Van Hollen contact: https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
202-224-4654

Rep. Andy Harris contact page: https://harris.house.gov/contact
202-225-5311
If you can't get through, try his district offices.  Bel Air: 410-588-5670. Kent Island: 410-643-5425. Salisbury: 443-944-8624.

Rep. Jamie Raskin contact page: https://raskin.house.gov/contact
202-225-5341

Calling is the most effective action, but if you cannot call, please take action in some form. 

  • Text 'resist' to RESISTBOT at 50409 & follow the prompts to have ResistBot deliver a message to your Members of Congress. ResistBot is a free service and requires no downloads or apps.
  • Send an ONLINE FAX through a free service like FaxZero.com. No fax machine is needed.

WEBINAR: Understand & Oppose Trump's Budget
Are you interested in understanding Trump’s proposed budget and what’s next? Do you want to learn more about how you can resist the terrible cuts the administration is proposing? Join Rise Stronger for a one-hour Trump budget webinar on Wednesday 5/24/17 at 9 pm Eastern, followed by a Q&A.

RSVP on Facebook at https://bit.ly/TrumpBudgetWebinar. Webinar will have slides, so joining by computer is recommended.  If you can't join online, use the call-in number & code below.

To join the online meeting, go to https://join.freeconferencecall.com/risestrongerbudgetCall-in number: 515-739-1469
Call-in access code: 833493

RESOURCES
Trump's Budget Would Hit These States the Hardest
NBC News, 5/23/17

Trump's budget by the numbers: What gets cut and why
CNN, 5/23/17