This Week’s GOP Agenda: March 20

by | Mar 20, 2017 | Actions, News

If you thought Trump’s presidential disaster couldn’t get any worse, you were wrong. Last week Trump released his proposed budget. Some of the casualties of Republican greed and contempt are children, the elderly, and programs that support the working class and poor.

  1. Children — a $9 billion cut to the Department of Education, including Pell Grants and doing away with 21st Century Community Learning Centers, while creating a $250 million voucher program
  2. Seniors — complete elimination of a block grant which helps provide for Meals on Wheels
  3. Lower income households — the Home Energy Assistance Program, otherwise known as HEAP, which helps poor people heat their homes is gone  
  4. The Arts — elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities, including the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR)
  5. The Environment — elimination of 50 programs and 3,200 employees of the Environmental Protection Agency and cuts to other programs addressing climate change and clean energy

Where will all of our savings be invested?  Bombs, fighter jets, border walls, and tax cuts for the rich. We need your voice more now than ever! Please contact each of your members of Congress every day to oppose the victimization of those most vulnerable in our society by these draconian budget measures.  Put your wallet to work!  Donate to organizations like Meals on Wheels, Planned Parenthood, and PBS.

Congress

  • On Monday, the Senate will begin considering Andrew Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Alexander Acosta’s (Labor) hearing was postponed to March 22.  
  • The House will continue hearings on Trumpcare and begin reviewing budgets for each of the federal agencies in relation to Trump’s proposed cuts.  

Lawsuits

  • Not just one, but two separate courts ruled against Trump’s Travel Ban 2.0. Judges in both Hawaii and Maryland have blocked its implementation. The administration has already announced it plans to appeal provisions of the rulings. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security has asked the Justice Department to reshuffle immigration judges to certain cities to expedite deportations.  

Sources

CNN, Trump admin to appeal travel ban rulings ‘soon.’

Esquire, The 9 Most Absurd Parts of President Trump’s Budget Proposal.

Newsmax, Immigration Judges Headed to 12 US Cities to Speed Deportations.

USA Today, What happens next for President Trump’s first budget?

 

Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 23 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.