Call of the Day: Demand Your Reps Oppose Devastating Budget Cuts

Trump's budget proposal includes pretty devastating cuts across the board, from diplomacy to social services to arts. While this is just Trump’s wishlist, research shows that the President’s budget can impact where Congress decides to allocate funds. So speak up and make sure your Members of Congress (MoCs) know where and how you expect them to oppose the cuts.

Make 3 Calls:

Sen. Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130

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Sen. John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623

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Rep. Steve Scalise - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-3015 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 837-1259

OR

Rep. Cedric Richmond - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-6636 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE: (504) 288-3777

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Only call your own representative. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample Script

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.

I'm calling to let [Senator/Rep] NAME know I expect him to oppose the President's proposed budget cuts to [Whatever Agency or Issue Matters Most To You- See Below for Ideas.] This program provides a vital service to our society, and as a taxpayer, I don't want it to be defunded.
 
Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.
 
Issues and Agencies to be cut:

  • Social services: Cuts to WIC, Section 8 (including $300 million worth of vouchers to homeless vets), FEMA, The Manufacturing Extension Partnership, After School Programs,
  • Diplomacy: Cuts to the UN, State Department,
  • Government-funded medical and scientific research - including National Institutes for Health, Energy Department, the EPA, $250 million in grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including SEA GRANTS, which has funded research on forecasting Louisiana wetlands loss from hurricanes.
  • Arts, Humanities, Public Media: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities

 

This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.