The Shutdown may be over, but so many issues remain unsolved. All reports about the shutdown focused on CHIP funding and the DREAM Act, however the legislation that these had been attached to is the federal budget.
Congress has been unable to pass a budget for quite some time, choosing instead to fund the government through a series of Continuing Resolutions that authorize funding at status quo levels for short periods of time. These were originally designed to keep the lights on temporarily if budget negotiations went down to the wire and couldn’t be finalized before a deadline. They have turned into the primary way Congress funds the government.
You may remember almost a year ago that the Trump Administration released a budget outline for 2018, and it included massive cuts to dozens of Progressive priority areas. (Starting with a 31% cut to the EPA!) At the time, many of us called our reps and railed against these proposed cuts. Now, Congress is again negotiating a budget, and it is time to call and deliver this message again.
- Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
- Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
- Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315
Script: “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS]. I am disappointed with the inability of Congress to do one of its most essential tasks: fund the government through a regular budget. I am also appalled at the 2018 budget priorities released last year by the Trump Administration. Sen./Rep. [NAME] must set aside partisanship and get to work on a budget that increases funding to public education, addressing the opioid crisis, environmental research and clean up…
[Add any other priorities you feel strongly about]
I want Sen./Rep [NAME] to vote NO on any budget that strips money from these critical domestic programs, or that provides funding for Trump’s border wall.
I am watching closely and will remember these votes in November.”