WV Citizen Action Group
Action Alert
May 31
 Alert Archive


 Tell Congress Don't Cut Vital Programs to Increase Pentagon Spending

We spend more on weapons and war than the combined military budgets of the next 16 countries, including many U.S. allies and friends.1 But House Republicans want to fund an increase in Pentagon spending with more cuts to vital services – literally taking hot food from the mouths of vulnerable seniors2 and robbing children of education and a path to a brighter future.3

This outrageous plan and the right-wing obsession with cutting our nation to the core must be stopped.

Tell Congress: Don't cut vital programs to increase Pentagon spending.

Slashing vital social safety net programs that serve millions of families makes absolutely no sense, which makes the GOP’s 2014 spending plan particularly cruel.  

They would add to the devastating sequester cuts to domestic spending in order to increase a Pentagon budget that already eats up 57% of the money Congress votes on.4

Well it's time for Congress to hear what the American people think about the GOP’s tea-party priorities. Tell Congress: Don't cut vital social safety net programs to increase Pentagon spending.

Some in Washington have completely lost touch with the everyday struggles of life – finding and keeping a good job, paying rent and bills on time and taking care of our friends and family who’ve fallen behind through no fault of their own.

As families and communities struggle just to get by, we need jobs and prosperity for all, not austerity. We have collapsing bridges in Washington,5 we have cancer patients going without treatment6 and we have children being turned away from Head Start at a time when we should be investing in their future.7

It’s up to us to stop these cuts to our communities and speak out for prosperity for all. Join us as we call on Congress to do the right thing and defend our social safety net against these radical right-wing attacks. Click here to take action now.

Ross Wallen
USAction / TrueMajority

PS: Will you help make prosperity for all a reality in DC and across the country? Donate here to help us fight back against austerity and build momentum to create jobs, rein in wasteful Pentagon spending and protect vital programs.

1 - "Did the Pentagon cry wolf over sequestration?" mcclathcydc.com, May 22, 2013

2 - “Federal budget cuts caused by sequester ripple across region,” The Miami Herald, May 25, 2013

3 - "Sequester hits local Head Start,” Arizona Daily Sun, May 28, 2013

4 - “Discretionary Spending 2014,” National Priorities Project, April 10, 2013

5 - “Washington Bridge Collapse Another Sign That America’s Infrastructure Is In Bad Shape,“ ThinkProgress, May 24, 2013

6 - "Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester," Washington Post, April 3, 2013

7 - "Head Start families left with no good options due to sequestration," the Huffington Post, April 4, 2013

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 Keep Your Voices Loud and Clear

So many of you citizen activists have stepped up to protect social programs from the conservative agenda by signing onto petitions, calling and visiting Senator Manchin – THANK YOU, you know it makes a difference! This is how we will win against the Corporate Lobby that’s strangling our budget and threatening our community.

But we can’t stop there. We need you to take the next step to let congress know that we simply will not let them break the backs of the middle class by cutting social programs that are vital to all of us. You can help us keep up the momentum for a fair budget by writing a letter to the editor for your local newspaper. It’s fast, it’s easy and it changes the conversation in your community. Please sign on to write one today.

Never written a Letter to the Editor – DON’T WORRY, we can help you through the whole process. We have in-house and national resources to get you the information, editing and placement help that you might need.

Send us an email at maggie@wvcag.org or give us a call at 304-546-58912

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