The full Senate is expected to vote on its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Budget Resolution later this week.
The Senate Budget Resolution would set up a process for consideration of massive tax cuts for the wealthy, paid for by assuming trillions of dollars in cuts to government programs over the next 10 years. The Senate’s resolution would harm American families by threatening critical programs that serve low- and moderate- income households, including SNAP, low-income tax credits, Medicaid, and programs that assist persons with disabilities.
The 207th General Assembly (1995) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called on Congress “to defeat any proposals that base budget or deficit reductions primarily on the services provided to children, families, the needy, and the homeless” and urged strengthening of federal commitments to these groups. The Assembly also called on Congress “to insist on a government that follows ethical values of justice for the poor, welfare for children, hospitality to the stranger, and assistance to the disadvantaged.” (Minutes, p. 718). In accordance with these mandates, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has joined 35 leading faith organizations and signed on to the Faithful Budget, a statement of principles for the budget as a moral document. Read more here.
Call (202-225-3121, Capitol Switchboard) to urge your Senators to vote ‘no’ on the FY 2018 Senate Budget Resolution.
- Tell them that you oppose tax cuts for the wealthiest that would ultimately be paid for by cuts to safety net programs like SNAP and other critical programs that serve low- and moderate-income families.
- Remind them of the strengths of SNAP (pdf) — which lifts millions of people out of poverty each year — and other safety net programs.
Get vocal on social. Find the Twitter handles of your senators and use these sample Tweets:
- #SNAPMatters @YourSenatorHandle: Protect millions of Americans against hunger & poverty. Vote NO to proposed #SenateBudget
- #SNAPMatters @YourSenatorHandle: Vote NO on tax cuts for the wealthy at expense of low & moderate income people. #SenateBudget
- #SNAPMatters @YourSenatorHandle: The #SenateBudget will help the wealthy and harm low & moderate income families. Vote NO.
Share these resources with your senators: