Tell Congress it’s time to #StopTheCuts


January 30, 2015

This coming Monday the President will present his budget request to Congress for FY2016. We look forward to reviewing the President’s proposals, and we’ve already heard about important investments he’d make in child care and community college. We’ve heard he will start to reverse damaging cuts to human needs programs. Our next step: we need you to join us in telling Congress our request – stop the cuts.
On Tuesday, February 3rd at 2pm ET/11am PT, join CHN,, and other national organizations for a Twitterstorm (sample tweets and graphics below). Tell Congress that their FY2016 budget must protect programs that promote shared prosperity and help our nation’s most vulnerable.

Strong, well-funded federal programs create jobs, grow the economy, reduce inequality, and keep millions out of poverty. In 2013, 3.7 million people were kept out of poverty by SNAP benefits. Similarly, unemployment insurance kept 1.2 million people out of poverty. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit lifted 10.1 million people, including 5.3 million children, out of poverty in 2012. And the list goes on

But if the new Congress drafts a budget anything like the one the House passed last year, these successful programs will be slashed, along with education, housing, nutrition, and other services young and old alike need to escape poverty.  These will be on top of years of cuts that are keeping us down.  It’s time to tell Congress to #StopTheCuts.

Tell Congress real people are being harmed…#CutsHurt! On February 3rd raise your voice for human needs and share the real struggles people in your community face and the impact of cuts. Below are sample tweets – but we encourage you to tweet at your Senators and Reps with personal stories, too.

Who? You and/or your organization

What? A twitterstorm telling Congress to stop cuts to the programs that are most important to our nation’s future shared prosperity and ending poverty in America.

Where/When? Twitter, February 3, at 2pm ET / 11am PT

How? Post the tweets below and your own telling Congress to #StopTheCuts because #CutsHurt. Have you or someone you know benefited from the programs facing cuts? Get personal!

If your organization plans to participate, please RSVP to Joanna at We need as many individuals and organizations as possible to amplify this important message!

Sample Tweets:

Tell Congress to #StopTheCuts in #FY2016! Join the twitterstorm + tweet at your Reps/Senators 2/3 @ 2PM ET #TalkPoverty #EndPovertyNow

45.3 mil Americans live in #poverty. On Feb 3, 2pmET Tell Congress cuts to human needs are bad for America, our economy #CutsHurt #StopTheCuts

We need more investments, not less, in programs that keep people out of #poverty #StopTheCuts

We need a #FY2016 budget that works for all, not just corporations and the wealthy #TalkPoverty #StopTheCuts

In 2013, 3.7 million were lifted out of poverty by #SNAP. #CutsHurt this progress. #TalkPoverty @RepTomPrice

Only 1 in 4 households eligible for federal rental assistance receive it due to lack of funding #CutsHurt #FY2016 #Budget

Research shows children of #EITC recipients do better in school, attend college & earn more as adults #TalkPoverty #cutshurt @RepTomPrice

FACT: Since FY2010, 136 important human needs programs have been cut, 51 by more than 15% #CutsHurt #FY2016


Budget and Appropriations
child nutrition
Education and Youth Policy
Food and Nutrition
Job Training and Education
Labor and Employment
Poverty and Income