Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Will Deficit Reduction Mean More Moms Going Without Food?

MTS 733 - frontFrom our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs.

On October 4th and 5th, people across the country will be calling their Senators to make sure that deficit reduction doesn’t mean more people going hungry.

The “super committee” is currently debating a deal to reduce the deficit. Some proposals could cut essential programs that families need to get by; programs like Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), housing assistance and other important services.

We need a plan that puts us on the right track by investing in jobs, protecting low-income people, sharing the burden by asking top-income households and profitable corporations to contribute more revenues, and seeking savings from reducing waste in the military and elsewhere. Please, raise your voice and contact your senators, on behalf of parents everywhere who are struggling to put food on the table.  Call toll-free at 888-907-1485.

When you call the toll-free number, follow the instructions and you'll be connected to your Senators. Here's a message you can use:
Hi, my name is ____ and I am from (city, state). No deficit reduction plan can work if it does not rebuild our economy by protecting Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance and other basic safety net programs. And it must create jobs. Such a plan must have increased revenues from upper-income households and profitable corporations, and savings from cutting unneeded military spending. I urge [Senator ___] to support such a plan, and to reject proposals that harm the poor and stall economic recovery.
Please join people of faith, service providers, advocates for children and seniors, working and jobless people, and concerned individuals of all kinds nationwide and call Congress on October 4 and 5: 888-907-1485.

Many thanks to AFSCME for donating the toll-free number!

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