House Budget Needs Your Voice

The House budget in Congress was voted out of committee in late July and would cut $2.9 trillion from programs that benefit people on low incomes over the next ten years, while providing $2.6 trillion in tax cuts for millionaires. This is unconscionable and needs your action! Examples of some of these horrible cuts are as follows:

  • Medicaid – $1.5 trillion cut: The House budget repeals the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act, which in our state would result in 775,000 residents losing their health insurance. Medicare would be cut by $487 billion.
  • SNAP/Food Stamps – loses $150 billion: Like the Medicaid cut, states would receive a fixed amount of SNAP dollars regardless of the actual need and eligibility level of their states.
  • Education & Social Services – $90 billion cut: $75 billion comes from Pell grants which help low and moderate income families afford college.
  • Other low income support program cuts total $500 billion. This includes reducing the Community Eligibility Provision for school meals in high poverty schools, affecting millions of students. It also reduces children’s Social Security Income benefits if another member of their family is also a recipient, and eliminates some low income families’ eligibility for the Child Care Tax Credit.

For more details, visit the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities website.

Take Action

If you are represented by Congress members McMorris Rodgers, Herrera-Beutler, Reichert, or Newhouse, it is especially important to urge them to oppose this unconscionable budget. Consider asking them about their position on this budget, which will create more poverty and hunger in the communities of their district.

For those who are represented by Congress members DelBene, Jayapal, Heck, Larsen, Kilmer, and Smith, let them know that you believe government budgets are moral documents, and thank them for their opposition to this immoral budget.

Click here to find your Congressional District, and use the links and phone numbers below to contact your Congressperson.

As always, if you know of any stories of individuals or families that would be or are being impacted by federal budget cuts, please include them and share them with FAN.