RESULTS Weekly Update December 7, 2022


December 6, 2022

Quote of the Week

“Progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability.”

– Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. on the December 2022 RESULTS National Webinar

Table of Contents

National Webinar reminds why your CTC work matters

Thank you all for joining the December National Webinar last weekend with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). As usual, Sen. Brown did not disappoint. He was passionate about renewing the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) as soon as possible. He also let us know that the work of RESULTS through direct lobbying, media, and local organizing has been critical in keeping the CTC in the political conversation.

An interesting exchange on the webinar highlighted just how important your advocacy is. During the Q&A, RESULTS Indianapolis volunteer and new staff member David Plasterer asked about outreach to conservative members of Congress regarding the CTC. David mentioned that Indiana advocates had recently met with Sen. Todd Young (R-IN). Sen. Brown, who had not spoken to Sen. Young, asked David for information about the conversation so he can follow up. That’s a United States Senator asking RESULTS key information we got in lobby meeting to help him pass a CTC expansion.

But time is running out. Congress will only be in session a few more weeks and it’s going to take our collective energy to get this done. It is possible to ensure that 19 million children who got the full CTC in 2021 will get it again. But only if we act now.

TAKE ACTION: Make these last few weeks of 2022 count by working to help millions of low-income children get out of poverty. Work with your local RESULTS groups, Action Networks, and others to take these actions together:

  • Get more CTC media. RESULTS volunteers have gotten over 50 media pieces on the CTC since November 1. Keep going! The more media you get, the more pressure on Congress to act. In your letters to the editor and op-eds, urge your senators by name to expand the CTC in any tax legislation this year. See the December U.S. Poverty Action for guidance or send your letter to the editor from the RESULTS website.
  • Point persons should contact Senate tax aides. If your group has not spoken to your Senate tax aides recently, the point person for each senator should contact the tax aide this week. Remind them that the CTC can help reduce hunger and homelessness and that both sides can come to agreement on a fair tax package that expands the CTC. Be sure to share any published media from your state.
  • Join CTC national call-in day today. Advocates from around the country are calling members of Congress today urging them to expand the CTC. Please join them. RESULTS sent an action alert this morning with a message to leave with your Senate and House offices. If you have already done so, please call them and urge others to do the same by sending the alert to your friends, family, and local Action Networks (and calls after today are still helpful).

End TB Now Act passes out of Senate and House committees!

Today (Wednesday), both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee AND the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed their versions of the End TB Now Act out of their committees. This is a big day for TB and at an incredibly important time!

A month ago, the World Health Organization released its annual tuberculosis (TB) report, and TB deaths have increased two years in a row. We have to change course and the End TB Now Act will require USAID to improve the impact and equity of their bilateral TB programs – reaching more people in high burden countries and ensuring the quality of care.

You can take quick action on this, urging your members of Congress to speak to Leadership and get these bills into law by the end of year!

TAKE ACTION: Today, use our online End TB Now Act action to urge your members of Congress (both on the House and Senate side) to talk to Leadership about passing the bill this year! Thank you for taking this time-sensitive action!

Additionally: The READ Act Reauthorization also passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee! Ask your Senators to talk to leadership about passing the READ Act this year!

Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty

Media hooks of the week. To help you in your media advocacy, here are suggested media “hooks” this week to use in letters to the editor:

  • U.S. Poverty: 3 million low-income, rural children are excluded from the full Child Tax Credit, while children of wealthier parents get the full credit. Congress can fix this “upside-down” system by expanding the CTC to all low-income children.
  • Global Poverty: This time of year, newspapers are looking for positive stories. You can highlight that the End TB Now Act is open for co-sponsorship in both chambers of Congress and is an opportunity for the U.S. to exhibit quality leadership in combatting this devastating disease of poverty.

Announcements

Register for December Policy Forums. On Thursday, December 15, we will resume our normal monthly U.S. and Global Poverty Policy Forums. With critical issues still pending in Congress, join RESULTS staff for the latest news on the Child Tax Credit, the End TB Now Act, and actions you can still take to help. The U.S. Forum is at 8:00 pm ET (register here) and the Global Forum is at 9:00 pm ET (register here).

New 2023 National Webinar registration link. We’re already looking forward to our next National Webinar on Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 pm ET. There will be a fresh registration link for 2023 National Webinars. Look for it soon, and mark your calendars for January 7. It will be a powerful year!

Global malnutrition victory (in case you missed it). Did you know that, in October, President Biden signed the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act into law? Read about this remarkable success, which you helped make happen!

Upcoming Events

Congressional schedule. The House and Senate is session this week.

Unless otherwise noted, registration ends one hour prior to the start of all webinars and trainings.

Wednesday, December 7: Group Leader Office Hour, 8:00 pm ET. Join via Zoom at https://results.zoom.us/j/6602641580 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 660 264 1580. No registration required.

Thursday, December 8: The Global Allies Program: Partners Ending Poverty with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Register here.

Monday, December 12: Global Poverty Free Agents, 7:00 pm ET. Contact Lisa Marchal for information on how to join.

Tuesday, December 13: U.S. Poverty Free Agents, 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm ET. Contact Jos Linn for more information.

Tuesday, December 13: Together Women Rise Advocacy Chapter with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more.

Wednesday, December 14: Media Office Hour, 2:00 pm ET. Join via Zoom at https://results.zoom.us/j/93668005494 or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID: 936 6800 5494. No registration required.

Wednesday, December 14: Action Network Manager Celebration, 12:30 pm ET and 8:00 pm ET (your choice; 30 min each). Join at: https://results.zoom.us/my/sarahleone.

Thursday, December 15: U.S. Poverty Policy Forum, 8:00 pm ET. Register here.

Thursday, December 15: Global Poverty Policy Forum, 9:00 pm ET. Register here.

Friday, December 23-Monday, January 2: RESULTS Holiday Break. All RESULTS offices closed.

Saturday, January 7: Monthly National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Look for the new 2023 registration link soon.

Grassroots Resources

Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.

Find actions and volunteer resources on our Volunteers Hub, including our anti-oppression resources. To join the RESULTS listserv for more RESULTS conversation, send an email to [email protected]

Remember to please report your recent advocacy successes in lobby meetings, media, and outreach activities. Also, use our Volunteer Information Form to add or edit volunteer info and to sign up for updates and alerts.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the RESULTS/REF Board, please e-mail Lindsay Saunders at [email protected]. View Board minutes and Annual Reports.

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