There’s been a lot of talk about President Donald Trump’s preliminary 2018 budget plan, which proposes billions of dollars in cuts to spending for many government agencies and large increases in military and homeland security spending. And a lot of people are looking for a script for calling their reps about Trump’s budget that will make the task of making that call much less stressful. Fear not, because the script included below is super simple.
Some big “losers” (one of Trump’s favorite terms to use on Twitter) in the budget plan include the Environmental Protection Agency, Agriculture, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, among others. Veterans Affairs gets a slight increase in funds, and Defense is getting a 10 percent positive change in discretionary spending.
The full text of Trump’s budget blueprint can be found here, via NPR. You can check it out in its entirety on that link, or peruse the more specific proposals in the budget and what they could mean on another article provided by the same outlet. According to that in-depth NPR piece, the plan, “includes slashing spending on foreign aid and the environment, as well as long-standing programs aimed at boosting the arts and humanities, as well as the fortunes of the most vulnerable Americans.”
If you have concerns about the proposed budget — and many do, including some Republican politicians — you might be interested in calling your representatives and telling them to oppose the plan.
But what if you get super stressed out by making phone calls? It can be a little intimidating to think about making such an important call, even if you remember that the person on the other end of the line is likely an intern or other lower-level staff member who’s just as stressed as you, or if you consider the fact that you might just end up leaving a voicemail anyway and never even have to talk to a real human about your concerns.
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