The budget passed by Congress in May 2015 would cut nearly $5 trillion over the next decade from programs that help families protect their health, make ends meet, give their children a chance at a better life, and strengthen our communities and our nation. At the same time, it would not require corporations and the very wealthy to pay a penny in new taxes. In fact, it would give the rich and corporations new tax cuts.
Domestic programs that Congress funds annually (“discretionary programs”) have already been subjected to years of freezes and cuts. The budget passed by Congress would cut them by $500 billion more over the next decade.
Right now, Congress is debating the bills that set funding levels for programs next year — and critical programs are on the chopping block. Your members of Congress need to hear from you that Congress should require the rich and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes — not cut services that working families depend on.
The National Priorities Project, Americans for Tax Fairness, and National Women’s Law Center developed shareable graphics that illustrate what $500 billion in additional cuts to domestic discretionary programs would mean to your state, as well as a report with more detailed information.
- This report shows how much every state and the District of Columbia would lose from the additional cuts to discretionary programs and the impact on a few key programs: Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Head Start, low-income housing assistance, education grants to schools serving low-income children, and the Community Development Block Grant. It also explains how these estimates were developed.