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Tell Congress: Protect low-income families and focus on creating jobs!

Earlier this month, Congress passed a deal to raise the debt ceiling that included $1 trillion cuts over the next 10 years, and the creation of a bipartisan congressional “supercommittee” charged with finding another $1.2 to $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by Thanksgiving. Click here to get some background on the newly appointed members of the supercommittee.

Not only does this deal stand to cut vital investments like cancer research and education and training programs, but it puts low-income families and children who rely on programs like WIC, Head Start, SNAP/food stamps, and Medicaid, at risk. At a time when unemployment is hovering over 9 percent and 44 million Americans are living in poverty, such deep cuts or structural changes to key programs is the last thing these families, and our fragile economic recovery, need.

Your members of Congress are home this month for recess. Please visit their district offices, attend a town hall, or call or write them today. Ask them to weigh in with the newly announced members of the congressional supercommittee. Urge them to ask the supercommittee to ensure that the deficit reduction plan they develop follows these key principles:

  • Protect low-income families and programs that connect Americans to opportunity.
  • Include increased revenues by ensuring millionaires, oil companies and other profit-rich corporations pay their fair share.
  • Leave room for investments that put people back to work, and extend jobless benefits for those hit hardest in the recession.

Your members of Congress need to hear from you. Make your voice heard—stand up for vulnerable families today.