Take Action: April 25, 2017 Express your thoughts on the budget and the threat of government shutdown

The current temporary spending bill expires this Friday, yet five months remain in the fiscal year. If Congress fails to pass a budget extension, the government will shut down on April 29 (a shutdown actually costs millions of dollars, so it’s not the best way to reign in spending). The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a supplemental budget request for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year, which the WH is trying to tack onto a budget extension. This request asks for $30 billion in additional defense spending, a $5 billion “down payment” for construction on a U.S.-Mexico border wall, an additional $1.5 billion for detaining and deporting undocumented persons, and $18 billion worth of unspecified budget cuts. An OMB spreadsheet provided to Congress and subsequently leaked to the press identified a “menu” of suggested budget cuts, including cuts to the Women, Infant, and Children program, AmeriCorps, a reduction in Pell Grants which help low-income youth attend college, and much more.

Trump is pressuring Congress to include these changes with the extension.  If you don’t want $1 billion for his wall and $30 billion in new military spending, with cuts to other services, here are some possible actions:

  • Call the White House comment line: 202-456-1111.
  • Call your 3 MoCs: Possible Script: I’m from ZIP, calling about Trump’s budget. I want my tax dollars to fund (fill in the programs you support), not a billion dollar wall and 30 billion in new military spending. What is NAME planning to do about his budget ideas?
  • Learn more about the budget here: “USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future.”  They offer an interesting look at where our money comes from and where it goes.
  • If you care about states rights, consider that not a single representative or senator who lives in the states that would be touched by the proposed border wall wants it built.  We can ask our legislators to talk with them and find out why