N.J.’s D.C. Lawmakers Stand Between Us and Them and Critical Budget Decision

Mayor Albert Kelly

Now is the Time for New Jerseyans to Be Heard on Trump’s Budget

On March 27, 2016, NJ.com featured the opinion piece about Trump’s budget, “N.J.’s D.C. lawmakers stand between us and them” written by Albert B. Kelly, the mayor of Bridegton and the CEO of Gateway Community Action Partners which is a partner for the 2017 Congressional Reception.

Kelly writes about the decisions made in the Trump administration’s budget will affect his neighbors in Cumberland County and South Jersey. And these same decisions will affect all of New Jersey residents.

Kelly writes, “Right now, President Donald Trump and his advisers are crunching budget numbers, deciding what’s important and what can be eliminated. While federal budgets aren’t exciting things to consider, they say a lot about values and priorities.”

Trump’s “skinny budget” outlines plans to give tax cuts to wealthier Americans, increase military spending while at the same time cutting critical community, infrastructure and safety net programs that many low-income Americans depend on.

Kelly reminds us that our representatives in the House and Senate have the power to speak up and oppose Trump’s budget.

“Trump’s proposed budget seeks to eliminate federal funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME investment program, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and an emergency shelter program, just to name a few. These programs provide funding to municipalities such as Bridgeton, Vineland, Millville and Franklin Township, and their counties, to assist lower-income families, senior citizens, the disabled and other groups. “

Kelly continues, “By killing this funding, the Trump administration hopes to shift billions of dollars into tax cuts — most of which will benefit those in far better shape.”

“As a candidate, Trump promised to make America great again. As president, he intends to try and do it on the backs of thousands of people in our area.”

Who stands between us and these proposed budget cuts? It’s our elected representatives in the nation’s capital.” Kelly remind us that voting on the budget is “not just partisan politics.”

Using his member, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) as an example, “He represents all of us, not just those in his party or those who voted for him. “

“If the Trump cuts are still in the budget when the House votes, and they’ll damage you, your family or neighbors, let LoBiondo know that you’ll be watching.”

And this message holds true for all of our representatives – House and also our two Senate members – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez. Booker and Menendez should not be written off just because they are Democrats.

Our recent post – How Trump’s Budget Would Impact Cities’ Poorest Residents – highlights the impact this would have.

The impact on NJ, based on an analysis by the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), will be drastic including the loss of six thousand one-hundred and forty-eight (6,148) rental vouchers, the loss of almost $106 million dollars in Home and CDBG funding as well as the accelerated deterioration of public housing for almost 38,000 residents due to the loss of $69.5 million in public housing funding.

Click here for the phone numbers and email addresses that you need to reach out to your elected officials in Washington, DC. In our experience, phone calls and emails are the best way to reach our elected officials and their DC staff.

Kelly concludes with the critical message – “Now is the time to be heard.”

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