Action Alert: Call the White House. Urge the President to protect children and families in the budget negotiations because THESE CUTS WON’T HEAL!
Vice President Joseph Biden had been leading negotiations with key members of Congress to reduce the deficit. These negotiations have hit a roadblock, and President Barack Obama is now taking a more active role. He is meeting with Senate leadership this week. The Administration supports including increased revenues to protect people with low and moderate incomes, but they need to hear from YOU.
The negotiators are working towards $4 trillion in savings over the next 10 to 12 years, and are trying to figure out how to do it. At this time there is little agreement with respect to what to cut. On the one hand, some members that have staked out a position to reduce the deficit solely through spending cuts, while others favor including revenue increases in the final agreement as a more realistic means to achieving a lower deficit without jeopardizing services that meet basic human needs and offer a safety net to our nation’s most vulnerable.
The House budget proposes steep Medicaid cuts that after 10 years would force 19 million people to lose Medicaid coverage. In addition, it would repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving approximately 17 million individuals who would be newly eligible for Medicaid under its provisions uninsured.
1. CALL the White House. Call 1-888-245-0215 toll-free, and you’ll be connected to the White House Comment Line. Call NOW and tell the President and Vice President:
“Hold firm and prevent harmful cuts or caps to low-income family- and child-serving programs in the negotiations to reduce the deficit. Please insist on fair increases in revenues to prevent reckless cuts to Medicaid and other essential services because These Cuts Won’t Heal.”
2. CALL your senators, especially if you are in one of the following states:
Hawaii: Senator Inouye
Illinois: Senator Durbin
Maine: Senators Snowe and Collins
Montana: Senator Baucus
Nevada: Senator Reid
North Dakota: Senator Conrad
Virginia: Senator Warner
Call 1-866-922-4970 toll-free, and you’ll be connected to the Capitol Hill switchboard. Ask for your senators. Call NOW and share this suggested message:
“Please oppose harmful cuts or caps to low-income family- and child-serving programs in the negotiations to reduce the deficit. Please support fair increases in revenues to prevent reckless cuts to Medicaid and other essential services. It’s important because These Cuts Won’t Heal!”