Republicans’ Senate Budget Resolution for 2018
Senate Republicans are planning to vote next week on a Budget Resolution for 2018. It includes $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and $1 trillion in budget reductions to Medicaid. Their goal is to finance $1.5 trillion in tax cuts – the bulk of whose benefits go to the extremely wealthy, the top 1% of Americans receive 80% of the benefits of the tax cuts. http://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015e-e710-ddab-a57f-ef54f67a0000
The budget resolution is key to their plans to cut taxes and reduce health spending with 50 votes and Vice President Pence casting the tiebreaker. No bi-partisanship is planned in the budget resolution. Some of the potential swing votes could be: Senators Corker, McCain, Collins, Paul, and Murkowski. The budget resolution would allow the Trump Administration and Congressional leadership to take yet another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2017/10/11/the-finance-202-senate-budget-passage-isn-t-a-done-deal/59dd127430fb0468cea81e57/?utm_term=.89cca7e6b7ea
This is the first step for the Senate Republican leadership, but a vitally important first step, to achieve their dreams (my nightmares) of tax cuts for the wealthy financed by benefit reductions for the poor and the elderly. Please do what you can to urge your state’s Senators to stop this in its tracks.
Prepared by: Lucien Wulsin