2011 - Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on the House Cuts (HR 1)

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Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on the House Cuts (HR 1)

The Senate is expected to vote this week on alternative plans to approve spending for the rest of this fiscal year. They will vote on whether to agree to the extreme cuts passed by the House (HR 1) -- which will result in $65 billion less than last year's spending for domestic programs. The House bill will deny vital services to millions of people, from young children to seniors. Please tell your Senators to VOTE NO on HR 1 and to vote FOR the Senate alternative. The proposed Senate bill only cuts spending to $6.5 billion below last year's levels, compared to more than $60 billion in cuts in HR 1. Most of the cuts in the House plan listed below are not made in the Senate bill.

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(The vote could happen as early as Tuesday.)

Please call both of your Senators and tell them to VOTE NO on HR 1 and FOR the Senate full-year FY 2011 bill. Tell them to vote NO on harsh and unprecedented cuts that will deny health care, education, food, housing and jobs to millions of the poorest and most vulnerable Americans, while at the same time jeopardizing economic recovery for all.

The House-passed cuts would be the largest one-year cuts in history. That is why it is so important that you call your Senators.

If the House plan were to become law:

  • 218,000 young children would not be able to receive Head Start early education/daycare services.
  • 20 million people -- including 5 million children, 2.3 million seniors and 1.7 million people with disabilities -- would lose some or all of the anti-poverty help now provided by community action agencies.
  • 1.2 million poor households in public housing would see their rental units deteriorate further because of cuts to maintenance and repairs; some units would no longer be habitable.
  • 11 million patients would lose health care they've received at Community Health Centers. (For more than 3 million, the loss of health care would be almost immediate.)
  • 8 million adults and youth would lose access to job training and other employment services.
  • 81,000 low-income people, mostly seniors, would no longer receive supplemental food packages.

That's not all. Many thousands of jobs would be lost (including 10,000 teachers, 5,000 health care workers and 55,000 Head Start staff). The cuts would slow the economy, threatening our fragile economic recovery and costing hundreds of thousands of jobs, just as we've started to make some progress.

Your calls will make a difference! As Congress continues to negotiate, a big vote against the House plan will help protect vulnerable individuals and the economy.

Call your Senator and ask them to Vote NO on the House Cuts (HR 1).