Advocate for More Federal Funding to Avoid Massive Cuts to Services, Education, and IHSS
Because of a massive $54 billion budget deficit, California Governor Newsom's revised 2020-2021 budget includes drastic proposed cuts to developmental services and a 7% cut in hours for IHSS hours.
These terrible cuts can be avoided if the U.S. Congress passes the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Solutions (HEROES) Act. This bill passed the House of Representatives on May 15. It provides emergency funding relief to state and local governments, as well as additional funding for regional center services, Medi-Cal, housing programs, and hazard pay for direct service providers.
The U.S. Senate has not set a date to consider the HEROES Act, so we have to educate them about how important it is to our families. It is critical that we contact Senators to urge support for the bill and to assure that the needs of people with developmental disabilities are protected in any relief legislation.
Thankfully, our California Senators support the HEROES Act, but there are many Senators in other states who need to be educated. So, we must all reach out across the country to our family and friends who care about protecting people with disabilities from severe service cuts and who live in states with Republican Senators.
Do you have a family member or friend who might be willing to contact their Senator?
Would you be willing to ask them to urge their Senators to pass the HEROES Act?
We can show you how in this short video linked below or you can use the written explanation below it.
Choose your state. It will show the names of your Senators. Remember that most Republican Senators have yet to express their support for the HEROES Act.
Under each name, it will have a “Contact” link. Click on that and it will bring you to the Senator’s page to send them a direct constituent email.
Fill in the information (name, address, email)
The subject line and the message of the email should be personalized. Having the exact same language from hundreds of people is not as effective as ONE personal message. The subject line should mention asking them for support for the HEROES Act.
The message should:
describe your connection to people with developmental disabilities, eg a family member, close friend, etc.
explain why protecting their services is important to you
emphasize that without the help to state and local governments provided by the HEROES Act, those vital services will be cut
You should receive a response from your Senator.
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