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Call to action: Oppose the budget proposal

Call or E-mail Your US Representative This Morning!



Washington, DC, 15 April 2011 - The House of Representatives will vote today (Friday) on a budget that would radically slash Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, slash funds that cover almost every other domestic human needs program (including possibly WIC), and wreck the promise of the new health care law.



It makes $4.3 trillion in cuts over 10 years. Most of that will pay for $4.2 trillion in tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the rich.



Here's why you should call your Rep this morning, no matter what party they're in, and no matter how you think they will vote:



  • There are reports that some Republican Reps are starting to get cold feet over the vastly unpopular cuts in Medicare and Medicaid in the budget coming to the floor. If there are lots of calls, it will reinforce the growing concern that voters will hold them accountable for undermining these essential programs.
  • Some Democrats are concerned that their constituents care mostly about reducing the deficit (even though polls consistently show otherwise). They need to hear that people would be OUTRAGED if the federal government could no longer respond to provide essential health and other services.


We know you have other things to do and have a million reasons why you don't feel like calling. But it's something you really need to do.



Call 1-888-245-0215 now to connect with your Rep and tell him/her to oppose the House budget proposal!



Ask to be directed to your Rep's office and deliver a message like this*:



I am a voting constituent and I strongly urge you to vote NO on the House Budget Committee's Budget Resolution. It would slash Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, education... in fact, all the investments that help Americans to be economically secure. It denies vital help for low-income and middle class people while giving trillions of dollars in tax cuts to millionaires and big corporations. Please reject these extreme proposals - they would weaken federal protections in a recession and stall economic growth for us all.


*Please note: this budget shrinks funding to such an extent that every human needs program is threatened. If you wish to emphasize other important issues in your call, please be encouraged to do so.



If you cannot call, please consider sending an email to your Rep: Click here:

Background info:



To read a letter
summarizing key concerns about the House Budget Committee's budget, click here:



To read current news and reports about these budget issues and more, visit: http://www.chn.org/issues/budget/



If you can't get through to the Capitol switchboard, click here to find the direct number to your Representative's office (not toll-free): http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/index.aspx



If you don't know who your Representative is, click here and enter your zip code in the upper left hand corner to find out: http://house.gov/



Call 1-888-245-0215 today!




Read Schweikert's response here.

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