Sending Office: Honorable Lois Frankel
Sent By:
Yana.Mayayeva@mail.house.gov

Current Co-Signers: Lois Frankel, Brenda L. Lawrence, Jackie Speier, Yvette D. Clarke, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Grace Napolitano, Dina Titus, Joyce Beatty, Alcee L. Hastings, Zoe Lofgren, Nydia M. Velázquez, Frederica S. Wilson, Barbara Lee,
Julia Brownley, André Carson, Raúl M. Grijalva, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Diana DeGette, James P. McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, Colleen Hanabusa

Dear Colleague,

Please join the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working Group in sending the following letter expressing concerns about the 302(b) subcommittee spending allocations for fiscal year 2019 that prioritize the President’s border wall over programs that
support hard-working, middle-class families.

A generous portion of the increase in discretionary spending is directed toward homeland security programs – presumably the President’s wall and deportation agenda – while other critical investments in our workforce, education, and health are largely ignored.

Instead of pushing a partisan agenda, we urge appropriators to reconsider the spending allocations and work across the aisle on legislation that meets the needs of the middle-class.

If you would like to sign on or have any questions, please contact Yana.Mayayeva@mail.house.gov in Rep. Frankel’s office. The deadline to sign the letter is COB Wednesday, June 6.

Sincerely,

Lois Frankel    Brenda Lawrence    Jackie Speier 
Chair    Vice Chair    Policy & Communications Chair 
Democratic Women’s Working Group   Democratic Women’s Working Group   Democratic Women’s Working Group

 

June XX, 2019

 

The Honorable Rodney P. Frelinghuysen                  The Honorable Nita M. Lowey

Chairman                                                                    Ranking Member

Committee on Appropriations                                    Committee on Appropriations

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Dear Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey,

We write to express concerns about the 302(b) subcommittee spending allocations for fiscal year 2019 that prioritize the President’s border wall over programs that support hard-working, middle-class families.

A generous portion of the increase in discretionary spending is directed toward homeland security programs – presumably the President’s wall and deportation agenda – while other critical investments in our workforce, education, and health are largely ignored.

It would be a mistake to shortchange critical programs that help working families. We hear it from our constituents every day. Their earnings are not keeping up with their expenses. They are struggling to put food on the table or pay medical bills, let alone
save for a dignified retirement. In the face of stagnant wages, rising health care premiums, and prohibitive child care costs, we must invest in programs that level the playing field. Without a strong middle class – the backbone of our society – our economy
cannot be prosperous and our nation cannot be secure. 

Our spending reflects our values. Instead of tearing apart families with cruel immigration policies, we should prioritize our children by boosting spending on child care and early education programs. We should focus on our health, and invest in preventative
care and life-saving treatments. We should promote workplaces free from harassment and discrimination by fully funding our enforcement agencies. We should value low-wage workers, such as child care workers and home health aides, who are essential to our economy
by ensuring they can make ends meet. Finally, we should promote job growth by investing in workforce training and infrastructure reform.

We urge you to reconsider the spending allocations and work across the aisle on appropriations legislation that meets the needs of the middle-class. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

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