CHN’s Legislative Action Center
CHN’s Legislative Action Center enables organizations and coalitions to share timely information on actions and legislative initiatives that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
If you would like to post an action, please contact Danica Johnson at email@example.com
Email Congress:Fix Life-Changing Cuts, Not Just Inconveniences
Okay – no one likes to wait at an airport. But is that the biggest problem facing our nation?
We have been compiling stories about real harm. Poor people with disabilities, one step away from homelessness, who were given a rental voucher only to have it snatched back because of federal sequestration cuts. Three to five year olds dropped from Head Start, or losing summer programs. Seniors only getting home-delivered meals every other Friday. Long-term unemployed with benefits cut 10 percent or more (nearly 18 percent in California).
Congress fixed NONE of that. They rearranged funding to reduce airport delays. And flew home for a week of recess.
We’d call that shameful. Maybe you’d use a different word – go right ahead. Outrageous? Irresponsible? Disappointing? Change the text in the box any way you’d like – but please send an email to your Rep. and Senators. For speed’s sake, we have not tried to separate out the members who voted for or against the airport fix. EVERY Senator voted for it. The House voted for it 361 – 41. Here’s the roll call - if your Rep. voted against it, we’d encourage you to thank them.
It’s not that we object to speeding up air travel. But what the country needs is a comprehensive fix to all the cuts caused by sequestration – fixing the cuts that leave people hungry, threaten homelessness and health care, shortchange children’s education and the unemployeds’ chance at jobs, just to name some of what is happening around the country. Please tell your Rep. and Senators to get their priorities straight. Click here to send the letter!
Submit Your Story to the CHN/Half in Ten Storybank
Have a story about the way services have helped you and your family? We want to hear from you!
Half in Ten and the Coalition on Human Needs are collecting stories highlighting the ways that federal programs successfully build economic security and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Submit your human needs program success story to the CHN/Half in Ten storybank project today.
We welcome short video clips or written stories from anyone who can speak to the benefit and success of federal programs such as direct beneficiaries, social service providers, and community, faith or business leaders. For more instructions and guidelines on submitting your story click here. A sample video is available here.