The Senate Republicans’ budget resolution for FY 2018 proposes deep cuts to the federal budget totaling roughly $5 trillion over 10 years. These cuts target Medicare, Medicaid and a myriad of other programs that constitute the “social safety net,” and will be used to offset tax cuts predominantly for wealthy Americans.
If the $5 trillion in proposed cuts are proportionally divided among current spending levels, Medicaid and Medicare would see cuts of $1 trillion and $473 billion respectively. Under normal Senate procedure, this sort of radical change would face opposition in the Senate due to the 60-vote threshold usually required to pass a budget (8 Democrats would have to join all 52 Republicans). However, Republicans are using the 50-vote threshold ‘budget reconciliation’ procedure to move them forward. The House 2018 budget resolution contains $203 billion in non-defense budget cuts which are also expected to largely come from Medicaid and Medicare. No matter what compromise is ultimately made between the Senate and the House, Congressional Republicans will undoubtedly target the health care safety net and endanger the most vulnerable among us.
Not only do these massive budget cuts break with Trump’s campaign promise to protect Medicare, but pairing them to tax reform also makes clear that this will serve as an egregious transfer of wealth to those who need it least: corporations and the richest 1% of American.
CALL: BLUNT: (417) 877-7814 | MCCASKILL: (417) 868-8745 | and tell them to oppose the deep federal spending cuts in the 2018 Budget Resolution which are taken from Medicare and Medicaid
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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
I’m calling today to ask Senator _________________ to vigorously oppose the deep federal spending cuts in the 2018 Budget Resolution which are taken from Medicare and Medicaid. Low-income and elderly Americans should not have to give up their access to health care in order to fund tax breaks for the wealthy.
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