Time is running out for Congress and the President to reach a deal to before we reach the fiscal cliff on January 1, 2013.
Negotiations are underway and moving fast. This is the moment for you to act. Call your senators and representative today and tell them to push for a circle of protection around programs for hungry and poor people in the budget agreement.
Ask them to
- Include explicit protections for effective programs that serve hungry and poor people — programs such as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit;
- Balance responsible spending cuts with new tax revenue; and
- Prevent further disproportionate cuts to portions of the budget that fund poverty-focused development assistance, international food aid, and WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).
Even if you’ve called before, your members of Congress can’t hear from you often enough on this important issue. Call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121.
Photo: Heather Rude-Turner's son, Isaac, enjoying fresh fruit. Heather depends on the Earned Income Tax Credit to help support her family. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl