NDD United: Congress Must Fully Fund Non-Defense Programs

NDD United Releases Faces of Austerity 2.0 Report, Hosts Congressional Briefing and Twitterstorm

On October 19, 2017, the Senate passed a budget resolution calling for flat funding for non-discretionary (NDD) programs in FY18 and cuts of over $600 billion over the following 10 years according to NDD United. These cuts are unacceptable.

NDD United is working to move Congress away from additional cuts to nondefense programs and toward a bipartisan deal to raise the budget caps.

On October 25, 2017, NDD United will release a new report, Faces of Austerity 2.0: How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure.

NDD United has planned events throughout the day to accompany its release. You can participate and help spread the word about the report.

NDD United wants to “make as much noise as possible” throughout the day and the days following until Congress comes together to raise the austere funding levels. NDD United has prepared a toolkit with resources to help organizations and individuals get engaged in both traditional and social media. Please share this toolkit widely. Elements of the toolkit can be cut and pasted for your own campaigns.

At 9:30 a.m. on October 25, five individuals featured in the Faces of Austerity 2.0 report will be interviewed by Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and potentially another member of Congress about the impact of budget cuts on their lives and communities. Organizations are encouraged to watch and comment during the event, as well as share the live-stream on their own pages.

NDD United will share Mr. Hoyer’s stream on its website. Organizations can edit and share the following sample Facebook post:

“Like and follow our partner on the federal budget, NDD United, on Facebook to learn more about the Americans featured in their new report, Faces of Austerity 2.0: How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure, and learn about how federal budget cuts affect people’s lives and communities. Representative Steny Hoyer is confirmed to participate and others have been invited. NDD United will share the live-stream Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 am ET.

On October 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m., NDD United will hold a Congressional briefing in the Capitol Visitors Center featuring the same five speakers. NDD United will share a live-stream via Twitter from @NDDUnited.

At some point in the afternoon on October 25, NDD United will host a twitter storm using #RaisetheCaps. Additional details will follow. Organizations are encouraged to tweet throughout the day, as well.

NDD United’s Toolkit

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