WisFAN has signed onto a letter put forth by the Coalition on Human Needs. The letter begins:
As Congress begins its work on the FY 2018 budget, we are writing to urge you to ensure that funding is adequate to meet the needs of all people and communities. The undersigned are organizations from across the nation representing millions of Americans, including faith groups, human service providers, labor and civil rights organizations, and advocates and policy experts concerned with improving our nation’s health, protecting our environment, supporting families, reducing poverty and hunger, strengthening our communities, and investing in economic growth and prosperity for all our people.
Our message to you is clear: there is no way to keep the promise of prosperity for all Americans, including families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, communities of color, and others who are being left behind in the 21st century economy, without significantly increasing investments in public education, affordable housing, health and nutrition, public transit, roads and bridges, clean air, clean water, clean energy, child care, and other means of making investments in communities that also create good jobs. Rather than meeting these goals, President Trump’s FY 2018 budget, however, proposes harsh reductions in all these areas, cutting domestic and international discretionary (NDD) programs $54 billion below the current law’s sequester cap and transferring those funds to the Pentagon.
Some of the most egregious examples of the pain that would be caused by the Trump budget cuts include:
- Denying medical care to well over 23 million people because the budget not only incorporates the House’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act but slashes Medicaid even more deeply, inflicting a 47 percent cut ($1.6 trillion) in Medicaid through 2027;
- Ending the federal commitment to provide a minimum basic food benefit through SNAP/food stamps, by shifting 25 percent of the cost to states and allowing states to cut benefits in order to avoid those costs; also denies eligibility or benefits to millions of people, including seniors, people with disabilities, and jobless individuals without dependents;
- Breaking the promise not to cut Social Security by slashing Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a $72 billion cut in programs for people with disabilities and seniors over 10 years;
- Eliminating rental assistance for 250,000 families, placing them at imminent risk of homelessness;
- Terminating 1.8 million children from afterschool and summer programs by eliminating the 21st Century Community Learning Centers;
- Cutting the Environmental Protection Agency 31%, eliminating one-quarter of its 15,000 staff, and including massive cuts to grants that enable states to protect public health, including monitoring the safety of public water systems.
Rather than budget cuts, we urge you to support a budget that is an engine for economic progress…read the full text of the letter