In-District Action Guide to #FightTheCuts

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With Congress in recess for two weeks this April, now’s the time for cities across the country to come together and stand united to fight for federal investment in cities. The President’s recently released budget proposal slashes funding for crucial programs that cities and their residents rely on by cutting more than $54 billion in domestic spending across the board. It’s a brazen attack on our communities and a total non-starter for FY 2018 budget negotiations.

NLC is prepared to fight every step of the way — but we’re going to need the help of city leaders across the country. Use this action guide to learn how the proposed budget cuts could impact cities and how you can advocate for federal investments in cities. The resources that follow will provide you with the tools necessary to join in our effort to #FightTheCuts.

1. Learn
2. Fight

Contact Your Members of Congress

Engage Your Members of Congress

Materials for In-District Advocacy

Need other ideas about how to interact with your members of Congress in-district? Click here for a list of additional ideas.

3. Amplify

Amplify Our Message

  • Write and submit an op-ed to your local newspaper
  • Write and submit a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper
  • Post on social media about our effort to fight the cuts. Help recruit city leaders and your residents to join our fight by tweeting and posting on Facebook about our effort
4. Report Back

Was your op-ed published in your hometown newspaper? Did you meet with your member of Congress or take them on a site visit of a local project funded by federal investments? We want to know!

Send an email to Ashley Smith with a short description of the advocacy action you completed, so we can help highlight your efforts with Congress when they're back in session.