TUESDAY 02/13/18

FEDERAL:
 

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

An Early Valentine to Our Lawmakers:
Republicans are red
Democrats are blue
Trump’s budget is bad
For me and for you.  (~Chuck Tryon)

I promise to stop writing bad political poetry if y’all make a TON of calls tomorrow to let our lawmakers know that Trump’s budget will be a disaster for the American people. While Trump’s infrastructure package has been greeted with massive fanfare, it is essentially all an illusion. Trump’s budget offers very little in the way of funding, leaving all of that to the states. But even worse, Trump’s FY 2019 budget also cuts over $300 billion from Medicaid; $213 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); $21 billion to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; and $72 billion to disability programs. It also eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Public Broadcasting System, and National Public Radio. This budget is cruel and destructive in so many ways. It comes on the heels of massive tax cuts to the rich. We knew that we’d have to pay somehow for the Trump-GOP tax cuts, and this is how they plan to do it: by taking away vital social and cultural programs that provide food, healthcare, and enlightenment to millions of Americans. It’s time to make a LOT of noise. Send your reps an early Resistance-themed Valentine, or call your favorite staffer at Tillis’s office. I have a script below, but feel free to pick other items from the laundry list of nastiness above. If there are other budget cuts you’re concerned about, add them in the comments. No matter what, make your voices heard on this truly awful budget.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from ______________ and I am calling to tell Sen./Rep. _______________ that I am deeply concerned about the budget proposed by the Trump White House. I am especially upset that the budget makes massive cuts to vital programs such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. It is shameful that Congress is giving wealthy people massive tax cuts and forcing poor people to foot the bill by making deep cuts to social programs. I would also like to see Congress restore funding to arts and humanities programs such as the NEH, NEA, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Thank you.

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

HOUSE:

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

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STATE:

Address the GenX Water Crisis:

The Senate has now passed a bill meant to address the GenX crisis. Although the House unanimously passed a GenX bill that has some merit, the Senate committee has proposed a bill that would do far less than the House version to make sure the drinking water in Wilmington and surrounding areas is safe. Basically, the House Bill (HB 189) is, by far, the better bill. The House bill would give the Department of Environmental Quality $2.4 million to purchase a mass spectrometer, rather than having to borrow one. Both bills, however, would be hamstrung by the Hardison Amendment, which was passed several years ago and forbids North Carolina from making stricter environmental laws than the federal government. So, we have two asks. Support HB 189, which allows for the purchase of the mass spectrometer, but also push for the repeal of the Hardison Amendment so that we don’t have to abide by federal policies when it comes to protecting one of our most important resources, our drinking water.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from __________________ calling to urge Sen./Rep. _____________ to support House Bill 189, rather than the Senate version of the bill. The Senate bill does not far enough to protect the public from contaminated drinking water and prevents the Department of Environment Quality from doing its job. The NCGA needs to provide sufficient funding for the Department of Environmental Quality to buy the Mass Spectrometer the state needs to test the water. We also need to strengthen environmental regulations to ensure that the public is protected from polluters like Chemours by repealing the Hardison Amendment. Thank you.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

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EVENTS:

 

INDIVISIBLE FORSYTH NC MEETING

 

Please join us this Thursday, Feb. 15th. Our guest speaker is Kim Porter, Community Organizer with NC WARN. Kim will explain NC CLEAN PATH 2025, and will update us on the status of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and it's impact on our environment. You don't want to miss this!

We will also be discussing our focus for 2018, and future actions. Hope to see you all there! -

https://www.facebook.com/events/146170306057989/