The Trump administration has submitted their 2020 Fiscal Year Budget proposal to Congress which contains drastic, across the board spending cuts to social safety net and domestic programs to pay for the corporate tax cuts passed in late 2016. The $4.7 trillion budget proposal also grows the national deficit by another $1.1 trillion next year alone, with the administration projecting an increase in the national debt to over $31 trillion by 2029 from where it already stands at over $22 trillion.
Trump’s budget proposal includes:
Cutting $845 billion in Medicare spending and $25 billion in Social Security spending over the next 10 years
$220 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years, while also adding mandatory work requirements
Cutting Medicaid spending over $241 billion over 10 years and implementing a nationwide work requirement in order to receive benefits
An over 10% cut in Department of Education funding, and the elimination of the subsidized student loan program
An overall 13% cut to the National Science Foundation
An overall 12% cut at the National Institutes of Health
An overall 23% cut in State Department funding
An overall 15% cut in spending by the USDA
An increase in military spending by 5% to $750 billion, up from $716 billion
$8.6 billion for Trump’s southern border wall, which even former Chief of Staff John Kelly calls a “waste of money”
An administration’s budget is a reflection of the party’s priorities and goals for the nation. It is clear from the Trump budget proposal that the Republicans main concern is cutting social and domestic programs in order to pay for massive for tax breaks given to millionaires and corporations, all while increasing the national deficit for future generations. Constituents must make it clear to Congress that Trump's budget strays far from true American values and must not be taken seriously.
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
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. 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 express my serious concerns about Trump's proposed budget for 2020, and I urge the [ Senator / Representative ] to oppose the administration’s budget. Deep cuts to our domestic spending programs to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy Americans are unacceptable.
[OPTIONAL: Give 2-3 specific reasons why you oppose the budget]
I specifically oppose...
any cut in spending for medicare or social security
spending cuts to Medicaid and the addition of a national work requirement
any funding for a southern border wall
increasing funding to the military or the Department of Homeland Security
any decrease in funding for the SNAP program
any cut of funds to the EPA
cuts to the National Science Foundation or the National Institute of Health
any cut to the Department of Education and the elimination of the subsidized student loan program
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.