Take action to reject Trump's grotesque budget priorities
March 22, 2017
Please write a letter to your U.S. senators today. We cannot accept President Trump's unjust, unwise and unworkable budget priorities!
U.S. senators are in a strong position to create a U.S. budget that is rational and just. Emails from constituents have an impact, but an actual printed (or better yet, handwritten) letter that arrives in the mail has even more impact. This issue is so important we are asking you to compose, print, sign, and mail a letter to each of your senators.
You can retrieve the addresses for your senators by clicking here and entering your state.
It is important to tell your senators how you feel about Trump's proposed budget in your own words. The ideal letter will convey to the senator that her/his action on the budget will impact how you will vote in the future.
Here are excerpts from PSR's 3/16 press release, quoting PSR Executive Director Jeff Carter:
"Increasing military spending on the backs of critical domestic discretionary programs, which constitute just 13 or 14 percent of all federal spending, makes no sense."
"The deep cuts the administration is proposing to non-defense programs do terrific harm to both the economy and the health and safety of American families. The cuts to the EPA do next to nothing to reduce the deficit, but will severely damage programs that keep our air and water clean."
Some additional points to help you craft your letter:
- This budget would slash over 20% of EPA staff, greatly reducing the Agency's ability to carry out health-protective measures.
- This budget would do away with all funding for the Clean Power Plan, designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, which generate almost a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
- The president says that his budget blueprint "rebuilds the military." This implies that the military has been somehow neglected. But military spending in 2016 was already over half of the nation's discretionary spending budget. The United States spent more on its military than the next seven countries combined.
- Diplomacy is the key to averting many conflicts. Yet the president's budget blueprint proposes to cut funding for the State Department by 28% and cut U.S. support to the United Nations by 50%.
True security lies in a healthy, well-educated, population; plenty of good, family-supporting jobs; a clean and healthy environment, and a cool livable climate.
Please send a letter to your senators today!