URGENT: Tell Congress to stand up to extremists, and avert a government shutdown!
Congress has until September 30th to avoid a possible government shutdown—but extremists in the House are standing in the way.
A right-wing faction is threatening to block government funding legislation unless their demands to dramatically slash spending, impeach President Biden, and build a border wall are met.
We cannot allow our government to be held hostage by a small group of extremist lawmakers who are out of step with the American people. It’s critical that members of Congress—regardless of party affiliation—stand up to these far-right extremists and prevent them from holding our government hostage.
Already we’re seeing drastic cuts to nutrition programs like SNAP, millions of people being disenrolled from state Medicaid programs, and extremists in the House pushing deep cuts to services like Head Start, K-12 education, mental health services, and WIC.The last thing we need is a government shutdown over extremist demands.
Now is the time to invest in communities by keeping the government running and passing funding bills that place the needs of Americans and the public interest first.
Across the country, support is building for Congress to once again expand the Child Tax Credit, with an increasing number of local media outlets taking note of the growing rise in hunger among families with children since the additional CTC payments were halted last December.
The story quotes Michael Reinke, Executive Director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, who said requests for family food boxes are up 25 percent from this time last year. His organization is urging lawmakers to make restoring the Child Tax Credit a top priority.
“Running out of the things that are more expensive — running out of meat, running out of milk, eggs — those are the highest demand right now,” Reinke observed.
Reinke added that the majority of people he meets at the soup kitchen are working, sometimes at more than one job. “You can be working full-time and still not be able to make all of your ends meet,” Reinke emphasized.