tuesday 4/25/2017 CALL TO ACTIVISM FOR DEMOCRACY!
trump marches toward government shutdown with a border wall tantrum.
washington post: "Trump should stop playing his game of budget brinkmanship"
"President Trump and White House officials pressed congressional Republicans on Sunday to use the looming threat of a government shutdown to win funding for a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, a top priority for the administration as it nears the symbolic 100-day mark" (Washington Post).
"No responsible leader would use the possible shutdown of the federal government as a political cudgel. The last time a budget impasse produced a partial shutdown, a 16-day version in 2013, some 850,000 federal employees were put through a wrenching furlough and access to national parks and the Smithsonian was curtailed, with serious consequences for tourism across the country. All told, the economy lost $24 billion, according to an analysis by Standard & Poor’s. Mr. Trump’s first priority must be to avoid repeating or doubling down on that debacle" (Washington Post).
Congress must approve the budget without a wall in sight.
HOW TO USE YOUR VOICE:
1) Call the Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121
2) To Reach Your Representatives, Press 2.
3) To Reach Your Senators, Press 1.
trump's government shutdown script
Hello, my name is (YOUR NAME) and I am calling today because I believe Congress must stand up to President Trump's threats of government shutdown and deliver a budget him to sign before the deadline this Friday.
Reports indicate that the Trump Administration has urged Republicans to use the threat of a government shutdown to push for funding of the border wall. That comes after Democrats revealed behind closed doors, they were told that the White House would withhold funding for healthcare if they didn't comply.
We know the cost of a shutdown. Last time, "850,000 federal employees were put through a wrenching furlough and access to national parks and the Smithsonian was curtailed, with serious consequences for tourism across the country. All told, the economy lost $24 billion. That would be a costly mistake.