DAA Indivisible: Stop this Bad Budget

Republicans are using the budget to tee up massive tax cuts for the wealthy. The House budget resolution puts in motion the procedural steps to pass massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations through the Senate with only 51 votes, just like to try to jam through TrumpCare. To pay for these tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, critical programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and food assistance could be cut — either now or in the future. The details are appalling:

  • $1 trillion cut from Medicaid over ten years (that’s 20% of Medicaid’s budget)
  • Over $150 billion cut from SNAP (that’s 22% of SNAP’s budget)
  • Nearly $500 billion cut from Medicare—and it’s turned into a voucher system
  • $3.3 billion cut from Pell grants—and they’d be harder for students to use
  • Billions in cuts to education, the environment, housing, and worker training

The budget resolution doesn’t mean that all of these cuts would happen immediately, but it puts them on the reconciliation fast-track, like the tax cuts. But if Republican tax cuts for the wealthy were allowed to increase deficits, those deficits would give Republicans an excuse to keep cutting critical programs in the future. . .

If the budget resolution sets up a partisan fast-track for tax legislation, it should require that the bill be “revenue neutral.” Revenue neutral means that if Republicans cut taxes, they have to offset them by raising revenue in some other way, either by imposing new taxes on corporations or the wealthy, or by closing tax loopholes.

So, let’s call Congressman Knight’s office and say something like:

The Congressman should oppose any budget resolution that cuts critical programs like Medicare, education, infrastructure, and the environment, and any resolution should be revenue neutral.

Washington  202.225.1956
SCV 661.255.5630

And, call our Senators.  Let them know we are watching.Remember they tally the calls they get, and they’re getting other calls to cut, cut, cut.  Say something like:

I heard Senators are working behind the scenes on the budget. I hope the Senator will ask for a budget resolution that doesn’t cut critical programs, plus has a revenue neutral instruction.

Kamala Harris
Washington:  202.224.3553
Los Angeles:  213.894.5000
Fresno:  559.497.5109

Dianne Feinstein:
Washington:  202.224.3841
L.A.: 310.914.7300
San Diego: 619.231.9712

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