1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice

Congress Must Fund the Services our Families Need

By Amelia Kegan, July 22, 2019


Congress is in the middle of an intense debate about the federal budget and how much money to spend on the programs our communities rely on—including those that support our most vulnerable neighbors. If Congress fails to act, critical human needs programs could see a $55 billion cut for the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1.

These budget debates affect each one of us. As people of faith, our message is clear: We must protect programs that help provide food, housing assistance, school funding, job training, and infrastructure development.

As people of faith, our message is clear: We must protect programs that help provide food, housing assistance, school funding, job training, and infrastructure development.

A budget is a moral document. While churches and other faith-based nonprofits engage in acts of charity, we know we can’t do this work alone. Many of our outreach and service programs rely on federal funding including food pantries, after school programs, or utility and rental assistance.

Congress must ensure that overall budget numbers are set at levels that fully fund critical programs is another way of living into the call to love our neighbor.

Where we put our money says a lot about who we are as a country. As Congress works on a budget deal, they must work toward a bipartisan agreement that invests money in ways that provide the care, assistance and support folks around the country need. Moreover, Congress should not pay for these investments by cutting important programs—or forcing future cuts.

We’re joining our partners at the Coalition on Human Needs in a National Call in Day. Tell your senators: No cuts. No government shutdown.

Call Congress: 1-888-668-8919

This week, our partners at the Coalition on Human Needs are hosting a national call-in day to protect child care, housing, education, health services, and more as Congress and the White House negotiate overall funding levels for next year

Call 1-888-668-8919 and tell your Senator:

“Before you leave for recess, please enact a two-year budget deal to match or raise House levels to fund services all American families need like childcare, housing, and healthcare, and to prevent an economic crisis by raising the debt ceiling.”

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.