Call Members of the House Budget Committee and Urge Them to Vote for the DeLauro Amendment
ACTION NEEDED: If your Representative serves on the House Budget Committee (see list below), call him/her TODAY and urge him/her to vote for the DeLauro amendment to the FY 2007 Budget Resolution. This amendment would increase overall spending on education and health programs by $7 billion above President Bush's request for fiscal year (FY) 2007. The House Budget Committee will begin consideration of the Budget Resolution on Wednesday March 29 at 10:30 a.m.
TARGET: Members of the House Budget Committee (see list below). To find out who your Representative is, click here and enter your zip code. The U.S. Capitol Switchboard can be reached at (202) 224-3121.
SUGGESTED MESSAGE: I’m calling to urge the Representative to vote for the DeLauro amendment to the fiscal year 2007 Budget Resolution. This amendment would increase overall spending on education and health programs by $7 billion above President Bush's request for fiscal year (FY) 2007. Passage of this amendment would ensure that cuts proposed for both education and health-related programs for FY 2007 would be restored to FY 2005 levels.”
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BACKGROUND: On Wednesday March 29, the House Budget Committee will mark up the Fiscal Year 2007 budget resolution, the non-binding, fiscal blueprint that sets limits for all federal spending. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) plans to offer an amendment, similar to the Specter-Harkin amendment approved by the Senate two weeks ago, in Committee to increase overall spending on education and health programs by $7 billion above President Bush's request. This may be our best opportunity in the House to gain additional funding and to ensure that cuts proposed for both education and health-related programs for FY 2007 will be restored to FY 2005 levels. This additional $7 billion in budget authority would be added to the FY 2007 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill that will be considered by Congress in the next few months.
House Budget Committee Members
Jim Nussle (Chair)
William J. Jefferson
J. Gresham Barrett
John Spratt (Ranking Democrat)
Harold Ford Jr.
K. Michael Conway