March 17, 2017: TrumpCare, Federal Budget, H. Res. 186, and S. 668
- The House Budget Committee advanced the TrumpCare bill by a vote of 19-13, with three Republicans voting against it.
- The White House released its first budget request, which proposed drastic cuts to a number of federal departments and agencies.
- 28 new Representatives signed on to co-sponsor H. Res. 186 yesterday.
- On Wednesday, Senator Tom Carper introduced S. 668 to overturn the border wall Executive Order.
Yesterday, the House Budget Committee voted 19-13 to advance the American Health Care Act ("TrumpCare"). Three Republican Representatives voted against it:
- Dave Brat (VA-7): (202) 225-2815
- Gary Palmer (AL-6): (202) 225-4921
- Mark Sanford (SC-1): (202) 225-3176
The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee, the final committee it must pass before receiving a full vote on the House floor. Notably, the GOP are considering several changes to the bill in order to try to gain more support within their own party, as reported by The Hill.
- Budget panel advances ObamaCare bill with three GOP defections (The Hill)
- House Rules Committee membership
- Republicans zeroing in on changes to healthcare bill (The Hill)
White House Budget Proposal:
The White House released its first budget proposal yesterday, requesting major cuts to a number of federal departments and agencies, while increasing defense spending by $54 billion. The cuts would signal a major change to the way the federal government operates, ending or dramatically rolling back programs that help the poor, provide funding for science and the arts, and combat climate change, while focusing on defense and law enforcement.
Among the proposed cuts would be included:
- A 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency
- A 29% cut to the State Department
- A 21% cut to the Agriculture Department
- A 21% cut to the Labor Department
- An 18% cut to the Department of Health and Human Services
- A 14% cut to the Education Department
- Completely eliminating 19 federal agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which funds PBS and NPR), the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Chemical Safety Board, and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Additionally, the budget proposal includes $2.6 billion for "high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology, including funding to plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border."
- White House budget proposal (full text)
- What's getting cut in Trump's budget (Washington Post)
- The 19 federal agencies Trump wants to eliminate (The Hill)
- Feinstein: President's Budget Is an Absolute Travesty for California (Feinstein press release)
- Senator Harris Statement on Proposed Federal Budget (Harris press release)
H. Res. 186:
Yesterday, 28 new Democrats signed on to co-sponsor Rep. Pascrell's resolution of inquiry, H. Res. 186, which would direct the Treasury Department to release the President's 2006-2015 tax returns, as well as information about the President's foreign debts and investments. From San Diego's Congressional delegation, Juan Vargas remains the resolution's only co-sponsor.
As a resolution of inquiry, if H. Res. 186 is not given a vote in committee within 14 legislative days, it may be brought to the House floor for a vote. The resolution was introduced into the House Ways & Means Committee on March 9. Today, March 17, is the fifth legislative day since the resolution was introduced.
On Wednesday, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware introduced S. 668, which would repeal Executive Order 13767. This Order, signed January 25, mandates the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, and calls for increased detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Conclusion/Call Script Overview
Today I will be calling both of my senators and thanking them for opposing the White House's budget proposal. I will ask Senator Feinstein to co-sponsor S. 668.
I'll also call my Congressman and thank him for opposing the budget proposal. I'll also remind him to oppose TrumpCare if it comes up for a vote next week, and I'llask him again to co-sponsor H. Res. 186, to continue the push to get the President's taxes released, and to investigate his ties to Russia.
If you have not yet called your representatives regarding Neil Gorsuch or the REINS Act, I urge you to read yesterday's update and then call.
If you are not from California, you can find contact information for all U.S. Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
If you don't know who your Representative in the House, you can look it up here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Script for Calling Dianne Feinstein
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank Senator Feinstein for releasing a strong statement against the President's budget proposal and would like to encourage her to keep working against it. I'd also like to bring S. 668 to the Senator's attention, which would overturn the President's border wall Executive Order. I'd like her to please co-sponsor that bill, as Senator Harris has already done. Thank you."
Script for Calling Kamala Harris
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'd like to thank Senator Harris for committing to fight against the President's proposed federal budget, which would be disastrous for the most vulnerable Americans. I also wanted to thank the Senator for co-sponsoring S. 668 to overturn the President's border wall Executive Order. Thank you."
Script for Calling Scott Peters
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I wanted to thank Congressman Peters for releasing a statement against the President's budget proposal, and I want to encourage him to do everything he can to fight against it. I also appreciate all of the work the Congressman has done in opposing the TrumpCare bill, and I wanted to encourage him to continue doing so as it comes to the House floor next week. Finally, I noticed that Congressman Peters was not among the 28 House Democrats who signed on to co-sponsor H. Res 186 yesterday, and I wanted to ask him again to please co-sponsor that resolution, because I believe it's critically important to investigate whether our President is being influenced by foreign governments, or is using his office to enrich himself. Thank you."