In-District Action Guide to #FightTheCuts
With Congress in recess for two weeks this April, now’s the time for cities across the country to come together and stand united to fight for federal investment in cities. The President’s recently released budget proposal slashes funding for crucial programs that cities and their residents rely on by cutting more than $54 billion in domestic spending across the board. It’s a brazen attack on our communities and a total non-starter for FY 2018 budget negotiations.
NLC is prepared to fight every step of the way — but we’re going to need the help of city leaders across the country. Use this action guide to learn how the proposed budget cuts could impact cities and how you can advocate for federal investments in cities. The resources that follow will provide you with the tools necessary to join in our effort to #FightTheCuts.
Contact Your Members of Congress
- Call your member of Congress' district office to develop a budget that's focused on building prosperity, expanding opportunity and investing in America’s cities
- Write a letter to your member of Congress to urge them to stand with and invest in America's cities
Engage Your Members of Congress
- Schedule a one-on-one or small group meeting with your members of Congress to discuss the impact federal investments have in your city
- Plan a site visit of a local project to show how federal programs help cities rebuild and grow
- Convene a meeting of grant recipients to highlight the power of funding for programs with proven hometown results, like CDBG grants and small business loans
Materials for In-District Advocacy
- Print our #FightTheCuts banner for use at events
Need other ideas about how to interact with your members of Congress in-district? Click here for a list of additional ideas.
Amplify Our Message
Was your op-ed published in your hometown newspaper? Did you meet with your member of Congress or take them on a site visit of a local project funded by federal investments? We want to know!
Send an email to Ashley Smith with a short description of the advocacy action you completed, so we can help highlight your efforts with Congress when they're back in session.