Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Do not institute huge cuts to diplomacy and safety net programs in favor of a “massive” increase in military spending.
President Trump has announced his new budget plan, and it would institute a massive increase in defense spending while drastically reducing the budget for many important agencies and social safety net programs. However, Congress ultimately decides how federal money is spent (with the approval of the president), and it is vital that the budget plan prioritizes diplomacy and the needs of American citizens, and not focus solely on expanding the military, which already receives a huge portion of the federal budget.
The budget outline Trump presented calls for “massive” increases in spending for the military, intelligence, and homeland security. To offset these costs, tens of billions of dollars would be taken away from the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, social safety net programs like welfare, unemployment, and health care, as well as the major entitlement programs for retirees. Sign below to demand that Congress stop ignoring the needs of American citizens, and reject Trump’s irresponsible budget plan.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
The budget plan proposed by President Trump is an irresponsible and dangerous use of the taxpayer dollar, and must not be approved by Congress. He prioritizes defense and military spending at the expense of other programs that American citizens rely on daily, and which help protect our country in the long term and could help us avoid the necessity for war.
Diplomacy and social safety net programs are vital to the way that America functions, and need to be a priority for federal spending. Reducing their funding by tens of billions of dollars in order to increase defense spending — which already accounts for a huge portion of the federal budget — is unacceptable. I urge you to reject Trump’s budget plan and to consider the needs and well-being of the citizens of this country.
[Your Name Here]
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