Proposed budget cuts would be devastating, but it’s not too late


April 10, 2015

See below for a re-cap of the #StopTheCuts tweetchat and learn more about what must (and can!) be done. Then take action!


There are deep, devastating cuts to critical programs that help children and families proposed in both the Senate and House budget resolutions that were recently passed. CHN, the Children’s Defense Fund, and advocates across the nation recently participated in a tweetchat to discuss how the proposed cuts would affect all Americans, especially our nation’s most vulnerable.

Below are the important questions we asked about these budget plans and details on what can be done to #StopTheCuts.

The most critical message we must keep spreading is it is not too late for positive change. We need your help telling Congress real people will be harmed if they proceed with these choices. We must take action and make sure we are heard loud and clear.

In addition to signing our #StopTheCuts petition by April 15, please email and call Congress to urge them to vote against a budget that harms children, families, and our communities.

Read on to learn more about the budget proposals on the table and what is at stake next week after the Easter/Passover recess.

1. In March, the House & Senate passed budget proposals for FY2016. What impact would these budgets have? 

2. What do we know about government programs that help families and children? How does it make a difference? 

3. When it is budget cutting time, they always start with the easiest targets. What are they and why?

4. If the budget proposals in each chamber already passed, what can be done? Is it too late? 

We need to keep telling lawmakers next week that America needs a budget with less waste and more investments. Make sure to sign the petition by April 15 and keep sharing why a fair budget matters to you with #StopTheCuts.

Special thanks to our tweetchat and tweetstorm partners:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Children’s Leadership Council
Children’s Defense Fund
First Focus
National Priorities Project


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