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ACTION ALERT - September 20: NDD Community Call-in and Tweet Day!

Thursday, September 20, 2012   (0 Comments)
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The federal government supports many programs that benefit all Americans, including medical and scientific research; public health; education and job training; public safety and law enforcement; weather monitoring; housing and social services; and international relations. In Washington, these programs are collectively referred to as "nondefense discretionary” or simply "NDD” programs.

A disturbing report released by the White House last week highlights the damaging impact that pending cuts under sequestration will have on public health. Core public health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration and other federal health agencies would be slashed by an estimated 8.2 percent. The Prevention and Public Health Fund would be cut by 7.6 percent or $76 million.

On January 2, 2013 these programs will face devastating, across-the-board cuts of 8.2 percent through an arcane budget tool known as "sequestration" unless Congress works together to prevent these cuts through a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction.

Today, September 20th please join the NDD community in a National NDD Community Call-in and Tweet Day and ask your member of Congress to support a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs . As examples of the impact these cuts will make, you can use our CNHEO budget impact stories , Don't Deal Away Our Health! These budget impact stories can be found on the CNHEO website at: http://www.cnheo.org/.

NDD programs represent a relatively small and shrinking share of the federal budget and our overall economy—already reduced to levels not seen since President Eisenhower held office. They are not the drivers of the debt. In fact, even completely eliminating all NDD programs would still not balance the budget. Yet to date NDD programs have borne the brunt of deficit reduction efforts. If sequestration is allowed to take effect, core services upon which Americans have come to rely will be greatly curtailed or even eliminated.

Call, Tweet, or Facebook your Members of Congress today to let them know that NDD programs, have already done their part to help reduce the deficit – it's now time for a balanced approach!

Sample talking points, Tweets, and information about how to contact your Members of Congress are included below to help you advocate to protect NDD programs.

Suggested Talking Points

(For use on Facebook and calls to congressional offices)

This January, essential jobs and services such as medical research, education, public safety, air traffic control and [INSERT YOUR PRIORITY or BUDGET IMPACT STORY] will face more deep cuts through sequestration.

  • There is bipartisan agreement that these cuts would be devastating to the nation.
  • For [INSERT YOUR PRIORITY or BUDGET IMPACT STORY] specifically, these cuts will mean
  • Only through a balanced approach can we avoid sequestration, balance the budget and restore the nation's economic stability.
  • I ask that you work with your colleagues to find a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to essential jobs and services.

How to Call Your Members of Congress:

For those not familiar with calling the offices of your Members of Congress, you can call the Capitol Switchboard and asked to be connected to your Members' offices. The phone number is (202)224-3121. You can also go to www.Congress.org to find the office's direct line and to look up your Members of Congress.

Suggested Tweets

How to Tweet Your Members of Congress:

For a complete list of Members of Congress and their Twitter handles, as well as other social media accounts, please see these House & Senate lists. For those relatively new to Twitter, this is a great Twitter 101 Guide from the folks at Half in Ten/Center for American Progress.

Template

Invest in strong education, public safety, medical research, & infrastructure [insert Member Twitter handle]. Support balance to stop #sequestration! #NDDUnited.

Sample

Invest in strong education, public safety, medical research, & [INSERT YOUR PRIORITY]@MaxBaucus. Support balance to stop #sequestration! #NDDUnited

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Template (links to NDD national sign-on letter)

Remember [insert Member Twitter handle] over 3000 groups want you to support a balanced approach to stop #sequestration! http://bit.ly/N2jgsB #NDDUnited

Sample

Remember @MaxBaucus, over 3000 groups want you to support a balanced approach to stop #sequestration! http://bit.ly/N2jgsB #NDDUnited

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Template (links to The Hill editorial by American Federation of School Administrators)

#Sequestration devastates medical research, education, & infrastructure. [insert Member Twitter handle] find a balanced solution! http://bit.ly/OPmbSl #NDDUnited

Sample

#Sequestration devastates medical research, education, & infrastructure. @MaxBaucus find a balanced solution! http://bit.ly/OPmbSl #NDDUnited

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Template

#Sequestration means an 8.2% cut to # [INSERT YOUR PRIORITY] funding in 2013. [insert Member Twitter handle] support a balanced approach! http://bit.ly/N2jgsB #NDDUnited

Sample

#Sequestration means an 8% cut to #education funding in 2013. @MaxBaucus support a balanced approach! http://bit.ly/N2jgsB #NDDUnited

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Template ( links to AIA jobs loss report)

#Sequester harms #economy & costs 2.1 million #jobs! [ insert Member Twitter handle] undo it w/ a balanced approach! http://bit.ly/OLbyj1 #NDDUnited

Sample

#Sequester harms #economy & costs 2.1 million #jobs! @MaxBaucus undo it w/ a balanced approach! http://bit.ly/OLbyj1 #NDDUnited

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Template

National #security means strong education, public health, & infrastructure. [ insert Member Twitter handle] undo #sequester w/ a balanced approach! #NDDUnited

Sample

National #security means strong education, public health, & infrastructure. @MaxBaucus undo #sequester w/ a balanced approach! #NDDUnited

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Template

A secure #America needs more than #military might! [ insert Member Twitter handle] support a balanced approach! #NDDUnited

Sample

A secure #America needs more than #military might! @MaxBaucus support a balanced approach! #NDDUnited

 


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