The Arc is in Springfield today to listen to the Governor’s Budget Address – More on that soon!

Stop HR 620 

It looks like the House might call HR 620 tomorrow, Thursday so we need to keep up the calls, email and social media.  Remember HR 620 would water down the ADA and set up further delays to physical accessibility.  Look up your U.S. House rep at this link, and call both the local and DC offices.  If you live in Rep Foster’s district, he is co-sponsoring this bill so make sure to call him!

What to say: “Hello, my name is ____ and I am a disability advocate calling to ask you to vote NO on HR 620 on Thursday. It will damage disability rights and hurt the ADA. Please vote no.”  That’s all you have to say! Remember you can also ask someone to do that call for you too.  On social media use #HandsOffMyADA and  #SaveADA.


President Trump Release Budget – Hits Many Social Services

Although the Trump budget might not serve as the basis of the actual spending that will be passed Congress because of the need to be bipartisan, there are many bad ideas in the budget including to shift SNAP (food stamp benefits) to boxes of dried food monthly.

Here are some good summaries of the budget:
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities Fiscal Task Force Summary of the Budget
What Trump Proposed to Cutting in His 2019 Budget – Washington Post
White House Proposed $4.4 Trillion Budget – New York Times
Five Takeaways from 2019 Budget – The Hill

Want to Learn More?  Our webinar, The Trump Budget: What You Need to Know, is co-sponsored by the Coalition on Human Needs, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Center for American Progress, and the Food Research & Action Center.

Register Now!
The Webinar will be Feb 14, 12:30-1:30 pm.

Sharon Parrott, Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs
Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs, Food Research & Action Center
John Halpin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, who will present the latest polling information to help guide us as we defend human needs programs

Meg Cooch Signature
Meg Cooch
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
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