Got 2 Minutes? Join the National Call-in Day (11/28) Urging Congress to Protect Those in Poverty


November 28, 2012
RESULTS Staff

The Lame Duck Congress has just a few short weeks left, and they are working on a large deficit reduction package to address the “fiscal cliff”. If Congress does try to craft a long-term “grand bargain” on deficit reduction, it could very well impact all the poverty-focused work RESULTS has spent decades on, both for people here in the U.S. and for people all around the world — programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and strategic, compassionate, poverty-focused foreign assistance. On Wednesday, November 28, advocates from around the country including RESULTS global and U.S. anti-poverty volunteers will be doing just that by calling Congress, urging them to protect critical anti-poverty resources in deficit reduction talks. Make sure you are one of them!

TAKE ACTION: Take two minutes to call your representatives and senators and telling them protect low-income children and families in deficit reduction negotiations. Dial toll free (888) 743-1097 to get connected to your Senate and House offices. Once connected, say:

In the budget and tax decisions ahead, please urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to explicitly protect “mandatory” anti-poverty programs including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and SNAP (food stamps) in a deficit “framework.” In addition, please oppose further cuts to non-defense discretionary programs, especially critical poverty-focused foreign aid programs, including the lifesaving global health, education, and microfinance accounts, along with Head Start and WIC. Instead, please end irresponsible extra tax breaks for the wealthiest two percent and include additional tax revenue, balanced with responsible spending cuts, so that our country can reduce its deficits while investing in ending poverty in the United States and around the world. I would appreciate a response from the Senator/Representative to my request.

Thanks to AFSCME for providing the toll-free number. If you do not know who your representative is, you can find out on the RESULTS Elected Officials page. If you cannot call, send an email to your members of Congress to protect the EITC and CTC in deficit reduction negotiations using RESULTS World AIDS Day email action urging Congress to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. And, please forward this alert to others in your network and share our blogpost on FacebookFor more background, see CHN’s new summary The Fiscal Showdown and Children: What’s at Stake and the SAVE for All letter, signed by more than 1,900 groups nationwide including RESULTS.  

Join the movement to end poverty! 

RESULTS regularly hosts Introductory Calls, including one this Friday. These 30-45 minute calls are perfect for people looking to be inspired about advocacy and learn more about RESULTS and our work. The next call is Friday, November 30 at 1 pm ET. You can register for an upcoming call at http://tinyurl.com/RESULTSMeetandGreet.  For more information about RESULTS and how you can make a difference, including our work in communities across the country to create the political will to end poverty, please visit our website: www.results.org.

 

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