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Voice Your Priorities: Opportunity and the Federal Budget

Voice Your Priorities: Opportunity and the Federal Budget

Few things receive more scrutiny, both in terms of policy and politically, than the federal budget. And typically under divided government, Congress tends to not do BIG things… until it does.

One of those big things happened last year, and it’s called the Budget Control Act of 2011.  In an effort to restrain long-term government spending, Congress and the president agreed to empower a special Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (AKA, the “Super Committee”) to find over $1.2T in savings over ten years, or accept an across-the-board cut to the same tune for virtually every defense and domestic discretionary program.

Well, the Super Committee didn’t work out so well. So come January 2013, massive cuts to discretionary spending start to kick into gear.

How Congress navigates the new restrictions they’ve placed upon themselves remains to be seen. But what we do know is that now is the time for you to actively voice support for the programs that have the most impact on the people and communities we serve. As they say in DC, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.

Members of Congress are making decisions about their priorities now. TAKE ACTION NOW! Simply plug in your information, and send it off to your Members of Congress now!