The Senate has passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. This budget resolution would fund much needed paid family and medical leave, provide education from childhood to young adult, expand nutrition and housing assistance, and enhance clean energy initiatives. It could also extend the critical expansions made to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, cutting child poverty nearly in half.
We know the EITC and CTC expansions are working to reduce poverty because that are currently being rolled out to families around the country on a temporary basis. Despite lifting millions out of poverty and allowing many people to live with dignity, these programs have come under political attack.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted structural weaknesses in the U.S. economy. In this moment, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our economy to address these inequities.
Share your Story
Your voice matters. Decision makers need to hear what existing anti-poverty programs, and the programs under consideration in the budget process (including paid family leave, access to housing and nutrition, expanded child tax credits, increased health care benefits, and more) mean to you and your community. Here’s how to share:
- Record a short video, no longer than two minutes, describing how these vital anti-poverty programs make a difference to you and your neighbors. Note: Please hold your phone or camera in horizontal or landscape view.
- Upload your video here.
This is an interfaith effort of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community. With your permission, your story will be shared across social media and with members of congress. Please lend your voice!