Letter to the Senate: Oppose the FY18 Budget Resolution on the Floor
October 18, 2017
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters across the country, we urge you to oppose the FY 2018 Senate Budget Resolution, S.Con.Res. 25 (H.Con.Res. 71). In its current form, this resolution assumes trillions of dollars in budget cuts, jeopardizing key programs and policies that protect our environment, communities and public health. This budget resolution also assumes the continuation of the irresponsible sequestration caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Moreover, we remain very troubled by, and unwaveringly opposed to, the inclusion of non-budget related reconciliation instructions aimed at opening the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
The budget process should chart a responsible and intentional path for the fiscal year ahead. Instead, this proposal assumes additional spending cuts of over $5 trillion in the next ten years, in part by continuing, instead of responsibly addressing, the broad-sweeping and vastly damaging sequestration caps. It is unlikely that these cuts alone will meet the deficit neutrality requirements needed under reconciliation. As the non-partisan Tax Policy Center has estimated, this proposal will negatively impact the deficit by $2.4 trillion over ten years. Because of this, the pressure to cut from important environmental and public health priorities will likely increase.
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