[Hpn] [Fwd: Reminder: Budget Call In Day Wednesday and Thursday]

Virginia Sellner wch@vcn.com
Tue, 22 Feb 2005 10:06:04 -0700


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Subject: Reminder: Budget Call In Day Wednesday and Thursday
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 11:56:35 -0500
From: National Low Income Housing Coalition <MemotoMembers@NLIHC.org>



	Call to Action

	February 22, 2005

	Urge Members of Congress: REJECT the President's FY06 Budget
Proposal during 
	BUDGET CALL-IN DAYS, February 23 and 24, 2005

	In President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget request, he proposes to
eliminate or cut hundreds of programs, including key housing programs such
as Housing for Persons With Disabilities (Section 811) and the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG).  In addition to cutting or eliminating key
low income programs, the President proposes 5-year spending caps that would
freeze funding for low income programs at low FY06 funding levels.  The
budget includes language to extend his tax cuts and protect them from
Congressional budget enforcement rules.

	Congress is on a budget fast track and will attempt to begin work on
a budget by March 7.  Use the February 23 and 24 Budget Call-In Days to
voice opposition to the President's budget.

	Within the overall budget, the President proposes $28.5 billion for
the entire HUD budget. This is an 11.5% cut from FY05 levels, which was
already inadequate.  As the HUD budget significantly under funds and
eliminates several HUD programs, advocates may feel pressure to only fight
for specific programs. DO NOT allow the Administration to "divide and
conquer" the affordable housing and community development community. We must
stand together to demand adequate funding for ALL HUD programs. 

	What can you do on February 23 and 24:

	1.  Call 1-888-818-6641 and ask to be connected to your members'
offices
	2.  Ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant responsible for Budget
Issues
	3.  Call again to speak to your Senators' offices
	4.  Contact Katie Fisher at 202-662-1530 x.222, katie@nlihc.org, to
let her know the results of your calls. 
	5.  Forward this to everyone who will make calls

	The Message:

	Representative/Senator, "please oppose the President's FY06 budget
proposal:
	1.  The overall funding level for HUD is inadequate to fund ALL
housing programs.
	2.  Ask for an increase in the entire HUD budget.
	3. The proposed budget will cap spending on housing programs and
other key low income programs, causing a deeper cut to vital low income
programs over time."
     4.  The proposed budget protects tax cuts for the wealthy, while
gouging low income programs.  Please oppose the President's FY06 budget.





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<pre>	Call to Action

	February 22, 2005

	Urge Members of Congress: REJECT the President's FY06 Budget
Proposal during 
	BUDGET CALL-IN DAYS, February 23 and 24, 2005

	In President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget request, he proposes to
eliminate or cut hundreds of programs, including key housing programs such
as Housing for Persons With Disabilities (Section 811) and the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG).  In addition to cutting or eliminating key
low income programs, the President proposes 5-year spending caps that would
freeze funding for low income programs at low FY06 funding levels.  The
budget includes language to extend his tax cuts and protect them from
Congressional budget enforcement rules.

	Congress is on a budget fast track and will attempt to begin work on
a budget by March 7.  Use the February 23 and 24 Budget Call-In Days to
voice opposition to the President's budget.

	Within the overall budget, the President proposes $28.5 billion for
the entire HUD budget. This is an 11.5% cut from FY05 levels, which was
already inadequate.  As the HUD budget significantly under funds and
eliminates several HUD programs, advocates may feel pressure to only fight
for specific programs. DO NOT allow the Administration to "divide and
conquer" the affordable housing and community development community. We must
stand together to demand adequate funding for ALL HUD programs. 

	What can you do on February 23 and 24:

	1.  Call 1-888-818-6641 and ask to be connected to your members'
offices
	2.  Ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant responsible for Budget
Issues
	3.  Call again to speak to your Senators' offices
	4.  Contact Katie Fisher at 202-662-1530 x.222, <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:katie@nlihc.org">katie@nlihc.org</a>, to
let her know the results of your calls. 
	5.  Forward this to everyone who will make calls

	The Message:

	Representative/Senator, "please oppose the President's FY06 budget
proposal:
	1.  The overall funding level for HUD is inadequate to fund ALL
housing programs.
	2.  Ask for an increase in the entire HUD budget.
	3. The proposed budget will cap spending on housing programs and
other key low income programs, causing a deeper cut to vital low income
programs over time."
     4.  The proposed budget protects tax cuts for the wealthy, while
gouging low income programs.  Please oppose the President's FY06 budget.



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