Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Robert Pittenger
Save our State Department’s Education and Cultural Exchange Programs
Education and Cultural Exchange programs funded by the U.S. State Department support our nation’s international diplomacy efforts. They provide young Americans from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities with the opportunity to serve as cultural ambassadors for our nation in strategically significant areas of the world like the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The Trump administration’s new budget would eliminate nearly all of these programs -- at a time when our country needs the goodwill generated by these exchanges the most. Eliminating these Education and Cultural Exchange programs would be a costly mistake for our country. These programs help build relationships with key civilian partners for sustained peace -- an essential tool needed to fight terrorism. They help us gain the respect of the world, and support our military when the use of force is needed. These initiatives take on even more urgency, with our country’s recent military action against the Syrian government -- the regime at the center of another festering Middle-Eastern conflict crying out for a sustainable peace. Ongoing international cultural exchange is crucial for our country to defend its claim as the world’s “indispensable nation". Eliminating funding for the programs encouraging goodwill and cultural awareness in strategically significant areas will cause us to lose touch with the rest of the world -- leaving us all a bit less safe and free. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that cutting funding for these essential State Department Educational and Cultural Exchange program is a mistake we don’t need to make.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Mike Crapo
Don't eliminate funds for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity helps thousands of families, seniors and veterans each year to build or repair their homes. We work in over 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. Federal funding helps us qualify and train homeowners, purchase property and prepare sites for construction. The White House's "Skinny Budget" proposes to eliminate every federal program used by Habitat for Humanity. These cuts would devastate communities and thousands of families would lose the opportunity for better housing. The “skinny budget” proposes eliminating CDBG (Community Development Block Grant Program); HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program); SHOP (Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program); Section 4 Program; the CDFI fund, which administers the New Market Tax Credit program at Treasury, and the entire Corporation for National and Community Service agency, which implements the AmeriCorps program. Eliminating or reducing funding for these housing programs would exacerbate local housing shortages and increase the burden of housing costs on families in need of housing stability. There has never been a greater or more urgent threat to Habitat for Humanity's funding! Please help us by signing this petition asking Congress to restore funding that helps rural and urban communities throughout our country.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Mike Pence
Don’t let Trump dump essential NASA and NOAA programs
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE FOR FUTURE UPDATES! In 2017, most climate scientists would tell you that “any weakening of our technological, scientific and human capabilities related to weather and climate” will place American lives and property at risk. Yet the Trump administration recently announced that it was ready to take that risk by unveiling almost $990 million dollars in cuts to NOAA and nearly $200 million in cuts to NASA’s budget. Both agencies play a leading role in collecting and analyzing data vital to climate science. The Trump budget even calls for eliminating $250 million worth of NOAA grants that help coastal communities already dealing with rising seas, beach erosion, and other ravages of climate change. These targeted budget cuts are nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on climate science and the ability of jurisdictions to act in response to climate-related changes to coastal areas across the country. This administration filled with climate change skeptics wants to eliminate our ability to track and measure land and climate changes to our Earth as carbon continues to flood into our atmosphere. We can’t let this happen. If you believe that understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change is key to our future, please sign and share this petition. Let’s come together and tell Congress to dump the Trump budget -- not our essential NASA and NOAA science programs.
Petition to Lee Zeldin
Cutting scientific research funding puts America last. Don’t support it.
President Trump’s budget proposes slashing investment in scientific research. If passed, it would hurt our economy, ability to make discoveries that change how we live, and our place as a world leader in science and technology. I live on Long Island, NY -- home to Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medical Center, and the Brookhaven National Labs. These institutions are some of the largest employers in our area and they depend on funding from federal grants to continue their work in scientific discovery. They also provide the jobs that anchor our local economy. That’s why we were stunned to see the President Trump’s proposed cuts to the research and innovation funding in his recently unveiled ‘America First’ budget. Key agencies like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- among many others -- are on the chopping block. Not only would these budget cuts be a blow to maintaining our nation’s supremacy in scientific discovery and innovation, but they would have a devastating economic effect on the communities tied to the research institutions funded by these agencies. Here’s why: federal research dollars to our non-profit institutions help spur the development of innovative products and technologies. This often results in the creation of numerous start-ups and small business -- creating jobs and contributing to the economic well-being of communities. Ripping away that funding will kill 3,000 jobs at Brookhaven National Labs, alone, -- creating a devastating ripple effect among other areas of our local economy. Not only does the so-called ‘America First’ budget promote bad research policy -- it’s also bad economic policy. Please sign and share this petition telling Congress to reject the Trump administration’s proposed budget. Donald Trump says he’s putting ‘America First’, but his budget policies will only leave American research and American communities behind.
Petition to Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Cochran, Patrick Leahy, Roy Blunt, Patty Murray
Save the SHINE program - Keep Federal funding for this vital senior program #SHINEon
Every single day in the United States, 10,000 seniors become eligible for Medicare. Most seniors depend on Medicare for all or part of their health insurance coverage. They choose from a dizzying array of plans with varying costs and coverage levels-- including 20 prescription plans and nearly as many Medicare Advantage plans. Comparing options and choosing the right plan can be difficult, time-consuming, and downright confusing. That's where SHINE comes to the rescue. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) provides free, unbiased, and personalized assistance to elders as they navigate the medicare maze. Last year in Florida, more than 175,000 seniors took advantage of SHINE to choose the right Medicare plan. Many saved thousands of dollars, thanks to the SHINE program and its volunteers. SHINE isn't only available in Florida. It's a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), funded by the Federal government. While the programs may have different names, every state has a SHIP program to help its seniors make those difficult Medicare decisions.But Federal lawmakers are threatening to eliminate the funding for all State Health Insurance Assistance Programs like SHINE. What will happen without this vital program? Seniors would have nowhere to turn for unbiased, one-on-one advice. They would lose advocates who help them understand their benefits, assist with claims and appeals, and answer their questions about issues like long-term care. For many of the 10,000 Americans who become eligible for Medicare every day, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs like SHINE are a lifeline to education for one of the most important choices they'll make in their lives. In Southwest Florida, SHINE is overseen by the Area Agency on Aging. We at AAASWFL are urging you, on behalf of the 4 million seniors that live in Florida, to tell our U.S. Senators to vote to continue funding this vital program. If you've personally benefited from SHINE, tell them about your experience. Together, we can all do our part to keep SHINE's light burning bright. #SHINEon
Petition to Donald Trump, Federal Bureau of Prison, U.S. Senate
Free Thomas Newell/Halfway house budget cuts
Donald Trump and the Justice dept has extended prisoners time because of Donald Trump ending contracts with halfway houses. At least 10 prisoners I know for sure have been denied coming home at the last min because of this. My husband Thomas Newell was effected by this. He spent 6yrs in prison and was due to come home Nov 2017. He had a job in place and we are newlyweds. He have a family. He had plans!!! Please can he be released this month!!!Budget cuts have been in effect. My family has been recently effected by cutting the budget for halfway houses. A halfway house is where prisoners get released to after they served their time in prison. Well my husband served his time. He was due to come home Nov. 28th. Now they're making him wait several more months due to the recent budget cuts for the halfway house!! Please sign this petition to get my husband released for the holidays. He served his time!! I need my husband and so do my children!!
Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Fully fund the Amtrak network
The proposed 2017 budget includes a 13% cut to the Department of Transportation. If passed, this cut would eliminate Amtrak's entire long-distance network, leaving behind only regional trains in the East Coast, the Midwest, and the West Coast, and leaving nearly 200 communities with no rail service to speak of. This would include larger cities—Denver, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, New Orleans, Cleveland, and more—as well as many smaller communities that do not have convenient access to airports and so rely on Amtrak for their travel needs. Amtrak's long-distance network is used for a wide variety of purposes by three million riders per year. Many people rely on Amtrak services for commuting or business trips, others use it to travel and to see the sights of the country, still others use it to visit friends and families during the holidays. Amtrak's long-distance routes are a vital part of America's transportation network, and the subsidy it requires is minuscule in comparison to that given to roadways and airlines. As such, we are calling for full funding to be allocated to Amtrak's entire network in the 2017 budget, so that these services can continue to operate and serve the American people.
Petition to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Stop Natural History Museum IMAX Demolition
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History plans to demolish the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater – the only immersive film experience in DC dedicated to bringing the wonders of the natural world to the giant screen. What will they put in its place? An expanded cafeteria. You read that correctly: An expanded cafeteria is more important than educational documentary films about nature. The demise of such a theater would be an enormous loss to the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who delight in, are inspired by, and learn from such a unique film experience. We are a group of concerned filmmakers and other supporters of educational film who wish to bring public awareness to this issue. We are asking the museum to delay or stop this demolition. Sign our petition to bring this issue to the attention of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and help save an invaluable educational opportunity.