February 12, 2020
A Budget That Reflects Our Values
This week, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for the next year. It comes as no surprise that the proposed budget is devoid of compassion and empathy, and proposes massive cuts to education programs, housing programs, and critical social safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
Budgets are statements of our values, and I’m committed to ensuring that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 federal budget affirms equity and justice for all across our district and our country.
Now that the FY 2021 Budget proposal has been released, Congress will begin its appropriations work to develop funding bills that reflect the values of the people.
What is the appropriations process?
To determine how federal dollars get spent, Congress conducts an appropriations process every year. The appropriations process determines how much federal funding goes to government agencies and programs – everything from our schools, to our hospitals, to major infrastructure projects.
Too often, though, the appropriations process takes place behind closed doors. Decisions about how to spend valuable resources are made with little to no input from our communities. Those days are over. Last year, hundreds of advocates and constituents engaged with our office on appropriations priorities, ensuring that those closest to the pain are closest to the power – driving and informing policy making.
How can I be involved?
The appropriations process for FY 2021 is officially underway, and I am seeking your partnership as I work to advocate for the federal resources and programs that serve our communities across the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District.
If you or your organization would like to advocate for a certain federal program, you can submit an appropriations request through this form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28th at 5:00pm EST.
Last year, we were able to secure millions of dollars for federal programs that support community based violence prevention, school based health centers and healthy food options in schools and other critical youth programs.
I’m grateful for your partnership and I look forward to working together to ensure that our federal budget reflects the values we espouse in the Massachusetts 7th. Together, we can secure robust federal resources critical to addressing the issues of consequence for communities across our district and the across the nation.
Yours in Service,