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Daily Action: Stop the Massive Entitlement Cuts in House Budget


CONTACT:
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Representative ____________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge the congressman to oppose the massive cuts to Medicare, Social Security and other critical elements of the safety net that the Republican leadership wants included in the fiscal 2018 budget. Americans have spent generations ensuring our own retirement security by paying into these entitlement programs -- the funding for them is not the Republicans' to play with! A huge tax cut for the wealthy must not come on the backs of working Americans. Thank you!
 

BACKGROUND
House Republicans, reeling from the Senate's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, are moving on to their next priority: tax reform that would provide massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Their hopes for achieving those cuts via "reconciliation" -- i.e., without having to rely on attracting at least 8 Democratic votes in the Senate -- were damaged when Senate Republicans failed to eliminate hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes related to the ACA.

Now, Republicans now must find huge spending cuts in next year's budget, or else they won't be able to cut taxes this fall without blowing a hole in the budget deficit. (The majority party may only use reconciliation if its fiscal plans are deficit-neutral, or actually reduce the deficit.) The House budget proposal, therefore, includes more than $200 billion in cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as tens of billions in cuts to other safety-net programs. As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday, "House Republicans have devised a toxic budget whose sole purpose is to hand tax breaks to billionaires on the backs of seniors and hardworking Americans. Instead of investing in good-paying jobs, the Republican budget would stack the deck even further against working families."