DON’T CUT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY
The government runs out of money on September 30th. Congress hasn’t passed a budget – risking government shutdown. Congress must get its financial house in order.
The budget process is bankrupt:
• The House Budget Committee passed radical cuts to Medicare, Social Security and non-military spending to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy and a border wall http://n.pr/2uJd415.
• Democrats may not hold together, as they did on the ACA, putting vital programs at risk http://politi.co/2uWNftK .
• Republicans aim to pass a budget the same way the tried to repeal the ACA – via reconciliation, allowing them to pass tax cuts with only 50 votes, paid for by slashing our safety net http://cnn.it/2uIEVyf.
Congress should abandon the budget process and instead pass a clean continuing resolution (CR) maintaining current funding levels across the board. A clean CR:
• Protects Medicare, Social Security and safety net programs,
• Prevents a radical rewrite of the tax code and border wall funding
• Preserves funding for vital programs like the EPA
Our MoCs must fight hard for a clean CR for FY 2018. We must protect our safety net and vital programs.
The fight to save the ACA was only the beginning.
**ACTION 1: CALL SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN, AND CONGRESSMAN WALDEN**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling to ask [Senator/Congressman] to oppose any FY 2018 budget that cuts Social Security, Medicare, and safety net program, funds a border wall, and guts non-defense spending. I urge [Senator/Congressman] to push for a clean continuing resolution instead.”
**ACTION 2: IF YOU CAN, GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK A QUESTION**
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city]. I am very concerned about what the GOP is planning to do with the budget. Will you commit to opposing any FY 2018 budget that cuts Social Security, Medicare and safety net program, funds a border wall, and guts non-defense spending? Will you push for a clean continuing resolution instead?”
**ACTION 3: CALL, TEXT, AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RED DISTRICTS TO DO THE SAME. “SHARE” OR COPY / PASTE THIS ACTION!
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
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Today, August 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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September 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
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