On May 7, Donald Trump sent Congress a list of $15 billion in proposed cuts to previously approved congressional spending, including a staggering $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP provides healthcare access to low-income children and has historically enjoyed bipartisan support. $5 billion of these cuts come from money set aside for CHIP that can’t currently be legally accessed due to a technicality. Rather than passing a law to free up the $5 billion so states can use it to provide healthcare for children, Trump and congressional Republicans are arguing that this money should never be disbursed at all. Another $2 billion in cuts would come from the Child Enrollment Contingency Fund, which sets aside emergency funds for state CHIP programs in case of unexpectedly high enrollment.
These cuts were proposed as part of a process called rescission, where the government reverses spending authorization decisions after the fact by simple majority votes. Trump is expected to use this process frequently in the wake of the massive deficit generated by Republicans’ fabulously unpopular tax giveaway to the wealthy. Our representatives need to hear that tax cuts for the rich will not be financed by cuts to healthcare for children and other essential public services.
UPDATE (6/8): The House has passed Trump's proposed budget cuts to CHIP and other essential social services. The Senate will now consider these cuts, which can be passed by a simple majority vote.
Two calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Hi, my name is [Your Name], and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling to the senator to oppose the Trump administration's proposed rescission cuts to the Children's Health Insurance Program. Congress must pass a law to free up CHIP funding for immediate use, not cut this funding to pay for the Republicans' tax giveaway to the wealthy.
Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
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This call is adapted from 5Calls.org.