Despite Republican obstructionism at every step of the way, here in California we’ve managed to pass a state budget that limits cuts to our essential health care and human services AND does NOT include a disastrous spending cap. Meanwhile, the President and members of Congress are currently working to finalize a Federal budget as we speak – the outcome of which could potentially impact MILLIONS of California seniors, low-income families, kids, and people with disabilities.
Unfortunately – Republican Members of Congress are employing the same tactics at the Federal level as their colleagues in the State Legislature here in California. As part of the negotiations to raise the federal debt limit, members of Congress and the President have been working on a plan to reduce the nation’s deficit. The usually routine action of raising the federal debt limit – needed to avoid the U.S. defaulting on its debts, which would plunge the country into a deep recession – has been held up by Republicans in order to extract massive spending cuts, impacting Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and other key programs affecting low-income California families, seniors, and others!
In addition to life threatening cuts – Republican Congressmen and women are also looking to impose a Federal spending cap that would replicate many of our same concerns over a spending cap here in California – including forcing additional, arbitrary cuts to health and human services programs down the road and locking in low-level funding for life-saving programs indefinitely.
That’s why we need to contact the White House TODAY (President Obama and Vice-President Biden) and urge them to please hold firm against harmful cuts and a disastrous spending cap.
The White House must hear from you NOW – and you can do it in 5 minutes.
Call or send a message to the White House (President Obama and Vice President Biden). Call toll-free: 1-888-245-0215 or send a message (you can paste the following into the WH comment line or write something in your own words).
Urge them to:
Please hold firm and prevent harmful cuts or caps to low-income programs in the negotiations to reduce the deficit. Please insist on fair increases in revenues to prevent reckless cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, and other essential services.
Please take action today by asking the White House to protect our families in the deficit reduction deal. Go here to send the White House your message: http://1.usa.gov/jdipsp
The outcome of the Federal budget WILL have an impact on all Californians. That’s why it’s so important that we get the message out and encourage our friends, allies, and partners to contact the White House today and ask them to please stand firm against life-threatening cuts and a Federal spending cap.