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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

5/3/2006

House to Vote on Budget Resolution

Contact Your Representative

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the budget resolution for FY 2007 on Thursday, May 4. Calls are needed to oppose cuts to vital programs!

Urge your Representative to vote against the Budget Resolution approved by the House Budget Committee. It will hurt children by forcing deep cuts in child protection programs, health and mental health care, child care, and juvenile justice measures. Ask your Representative to reject these deep cuts.

You can call your member of the U.S. House of Representatives using a toll free number, 1-800-459-1887. Tell them to oppose the resolution that was passed by the House Budget Committee.

On Wednesday, March 29 the House Budget Committee adopted a budget resolution that follows most of the Presidentís 2007 proposed spending levels. The resolution does not include the proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid but does include a discretionary funding level of $873 billion, the same as the Administrationís request. The funding level in the House resolution and in the administrationís budget also proposes an increase of seven percent for the Defense Department. In effect such a proposal, if adopted would require cuts to many domestic programs since the Defense budget makes up more than half the discretionary spending. Discretionary spending must be approved by appropriators each year and it covers programs such as child care, Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) and many other childrenís programs.

The House resolution does not provide the level of funding that the Senate-passed resolution does, as it includes $6.8 billion in benefit cuts from mandatory programs. It also assumes the Presidentís proposed cut of $500 million to the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).

Keep up the pressure! Urge members to vote against the budget resolution unless it provides more funding to vital programs and rejects the cut to SSBG.

ACTION REQUIRED

*Call your U.S. Representative TODAY! Use this toll-free number: 800-459-1887, provided by the American Friends Service Committee. Or you can call your local congressional office phone number.

*Once you make your contact, please send this Legislative Alert to others you know who care about children and families, and urge them to take similar action.

MESSAGE

* Vote against the budget resolution passed by the House Budget Committee. It will force cuts to SSBG, many children's programs including child care, and juvenile justice, and result in additional cuts to entitlement programs.

Thank you for your continued advocacy. *For a more detailed description of the House and White House proposed cuts to SSBG go to: CWLA Legislative Agenda or contact the CWLA Government Affairs Department at 202-942-0256.

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