Dear MoveOn member,
As you've heard, this week Democrats and moderate Republicans were able to
block a no-holds-barred campaign by the radical Republican leadership to
pass their reverse Robin Hood budget.
In the House of Representatives the Republican leadership invoked a
procedural rule actually called "martial law" to delay the vote until 5:00
AM. When the votes were tallied we were six votes away from winning--and
six Democrats were absent.
In the Senate the vote was 50-50, and Dick Cheney had to fly back from
Afghanistan to break the tie. But Democrats were able to make a few key
changes, blocking the bill from taking effect and sending it back to the
House of Representatives for a final vote next year--this time in the
light of day.
Sen. Smith stood up and voted against the reverse Robin Hood budget--officially
known as "budget reconciliation." Please take a moment to thank them for
this vote. It's important that Sen. Smith knows that constituents are
following votes on these issues and will respond.
You can write Sen. Smith directly here to thank him for voting against
Or you can call Sen. Smith to express your oppinion directly, at:
Senator Gordon Smith
Working together, progressives have managed to block this devastating
attack on American families for more than a year--despite being out of
power in all three branches of government. It's a real lesson that the
people can still have the final say in our Democracy.
--Ben Brandzel, MoveOn.org Political Action
Friday, December 23, 2005
P.S. As a refresher here's how the proposed budget cuts would affect real
people, according to the non-partisan Congressional budget office:1
o Health care costs go up: Poor, elderly, and handicapped Medicaid
recipients would be forced to pay over $10.1 billion over 10 years in
increased fees for basic services.
o Health care coverage goes down: Many beneficiaries could lose access
to various medically necessary services, including therapy services,
personal care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and crutches.
o Largest cuts to student loans in history: The budget proposal would
slash $12.7 billion from student loans, saddling millions of students
with additional debt and putting a college education out of reach for
o Basic family services slashed: The budget plan would cut 255,000
children from low-income families off of child care, and cuts to child
support enforcement would cause needy families to loose $8.4 billion
in unrecovered payments.
And all of these cuts only partially pay for $60 billion in new tax breaks
for the wealthy. That's why it's called the 'Reverse Robin Hood'
budget--robbing from the poor to pay back the rich.
1. For more information about the impact of the proposed cuts in the final
budget reconciliation proposal, please see the report from the Center for
Budget and Policy Priorities. http://www.cbpp.org/12-18-05bud3.htm
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