Hold Your Representatives Accountable for Their Vote to Cut Nutrition Assistance

From Half in Ten (http://halfinten.org/):

Holding elected officials accountable for their votes is a key step to register our approval or disapproval as constituents. When members of Congress vote to cut nutrition assistance for 22 million children, it’s time to hold them accountable.

Earlier this month, the House passed a bill that not only cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program but also slashed funding for foster care, child abuse prevention, and tax credits for kids in low-wage working immigrant families (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/04/cuts_to_kids.html). Now these representatives need to hear from you.

Luckily, this bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. But that doesn’t mean our work is done.

In May Half in Ten and ThinkProgress released a mock trailer of “The Hunger Games” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zu3nGD7Hxo0) using the hit film to show how Congress is playing games with nutrition assistance for families struggling to put food on the table. But unfortunately these games aren’t over—not by a long shot.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) recently indicated his intention to use the debt limit debate later this year to again hold the nation’s economy hostage in pursuit of deep cuts that would affect low-income families. Flashback to this past summer—the same tactic then produced stinging cuts to the part of the budget that funds affordable housing, child care, Head Start, and job training while asking nothing from millionaires and corporations. As these cuts are enacted, they will not only harm low-income families but will also be a drag on our nation’s economy and will cost us jobs (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/09/economy_downgrade.html).

We need to say loud and clear right now that the recently passed cuts do not reflect our priorities and values. We need to let our members of Congress know that when a proposal comes forward that would balance the budget on the backs of low-income families, we will respond.

Contact your representative about his or her vote today at http://www2.americanprogress.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=226. Thank him or her for standing up against these cuts or register your concern if he or she voted for them. You can also get ideas for additional actions in your community or state by downloading Half in Ten’s grassroots toolkit (http://halfinten.org/indicators/publications/toolkit), which is full of ideas for action and organizing.

We will need your voice in the weeks and months ahead.

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One Response to Hold Your Representatives Accountable for Their Vote to Cut Nutrition Assistance

  1. Elizabeth Kury says:

    This website is amazing with its thirty nine categories!

    Our advocacy is more important than ever. Princeton economist Paul Krugman points out in his column in The New York Times this morning that the cries for austerity aren’t over a concern about defecits, but are motivated by a desire to end social programs and do away with the so called welfare state. And some programs are being cut, I understand, and others threatened.

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