Call Of The Day: Demand Adequate Funding for Nonpartisan Government Watchdogs

In yet another blatant attempt to avoid accountability, Donald Trump has proposed cutting funding for Inspectors General offices at several major government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Treasury.  Inspectors General (IGs) provide nonpartisan oversight of government agencies to ensure responsible use of taxpayer dollars.  In Fiscal Year 2016 alone, IGs identified $45.1 billion in savings, saving the government $17 for every $1 spent on IG operations. IGs also investigate wrongdoing at federal agencies.  For example, IG investigations helped expose former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s wasteful spending and former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s raft of ethics violations.

Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal would slash IG budgets at five major agencies by $63.4 million, jeopardizing their ability to investigate fraud and identify cost-saving opportunities.  With Republican congresspeople unwilling to hold Trump’s corrupt cabinet accountable, IGs play an essential role in exposing government corruption.  Congress must ensure the 2019 budget adequately funds IGs’ critical work.

Three calls to make:  Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise

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

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.

Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
OR
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

I'm calling to urge the [ senator / representative ] to oppose Trump's proposed cuts to Inspectors General budgets.  Inspectors General ensure tax dollars are used as efficiently as possible and provide essential oversight to government agencies.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

This call is adapted from 5Calls.org, which can be viewed here.