Monday, March 07, 2005

Critical information regarding the proposed budget

The following is from an e-mail I received from True Majority:

Most draconian budget in recent memory cuts social programs by $238 billion over next five years

Call Congress NOW at 202/224-3121.Tell the Capitol operator your state,and get connected to your senator's office.

Dear Daily Read,

If this budget passes:

The program that feeds pregnant women, babies and young children in need will be cut by $658 million over the next four years.

That's assistance for 660,000 women and children.Families who need low income housing assistance won't get it.

By 2010, 370,000 fewer families would receive rental vouchers than this year.

Elementary schools (No Child Left Behind) will receive $12 billion less than was promised. Special education programs would lose nearly $7.6 billion in the next four years.

TrueMajority has joined with Children's Defense Fund, the National Council of the Churches of Christ and the entire Coalition on Human Needs to block these cuts.

Our country's budget is a moral document. It shows what we care about and what we value enough to spend our money on.

This budget is by no means compassionate. And with the huge deficit engendered by runaway Pentagon spending, it's not conservative, either.

Right now the congressional budget committees are debating the budget.

This is the time to let them know your priorities.

Just pick up your phone and call the number.
It takes two minutes to call your senator's office.
You don't have to be a policy expert to lodge your opinion; congressional receptionists are trained to quickly and politely record your views.
Just call 202/224-3132 and tell the operator what state you live in, and you'll be connected to one of your senators.

To make your call easy, here are some things to say:

I live in _________, and I'm calling to ask my senator to strengthen programs that help people survive during tough times.
Our government should provide Head Start and health care for poor kids.
We should provide housing assistance for those who need it.
Please, let the Senate Budget Committee know that these kinds of basic programs should not be cut.
Thank you for lodging my request.

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Thank you for looking after America's children.

Working to make your voice heard in Washington,
Darcy Scott Martin

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