Federal Budget 101.
This pdf document provides a month-by-month breakdown of key steps in
the process used by Congress to pass its budget resolution. It also includes,
at each step of the way, recommendations for what grassroots organizations
may do to impact the congressional budget process.
Key actors in the budget process. This document lists the key actors that
will influence the congressional budget process in the House and Senate,
as well as secondary actors that will have influence over the final outcome.
In addition to members of the House and Senate Budget Committees, congressional
leaders, moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats will play an
enormously important role.
One mechanism available to budget hawks in Congress is "budget reconciliation."
This mechanism allows Congress to force quick action on cuts to federal
entitlement programs (like Medicaid or welfare) and to force action on
tax changes. This document provides a brief description of the process,
why it matters and which programs it may impact.
Budget Values: The Rich Get Richer, The Rest Get Cuts
Talking Points: Quick facts and links about the Presidents budget
choices, why they reflect the wrong values and priorities for our country,
and what you can do about it.
Budget reaction press statement
This Word document provides a sample press statement which local groups
can customize for distribution. Press statements should be one page long
and include contact information for your organization. Instructions are
in bold. Be sure to insert local names, statistics and stories where indicated.
Letter to the editor template
This Word document provides a sample letter to the editor which local
groups can customize for submission to their local newspaper. Letters
to the editor should be short and concise, and must include contact information
in order to be considered for printing.