Congress continues to negotiate a deal on the fiscal cliff during the lame duck. Budget negotiations are taking place that could include the Farm Bill in a “grand bargain” deal. Urge your Members of Congress to weigh in with the White House and Congressional leadership to protect and support SNAP and oppose any and all cuts to the program.
1. Urge President Obama to Continue to Protect SNAP and Other Low-Income Programs in all Budget and Deficit-Reduction Negotiations
During the campaign, President Obama stated that we cannot balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans - see his video about creating a Circle of Protection (embed link #1 in ' see his video). Today, we need to ask him to renew his commitment to protecting programs that help low-income families, particularly SNAP.
Take Five Minutes...
1) To watch this video on President Obama's commitment to creating a circle of protection around programs that support low-income families.
2) Call President Obama (White House switchboard - 202-456-1414) and urge him to protect SNAP and other low-income programs in all budget and deficit-reduction negotiations.
3) Follow the conversation on twitter by searching for the hashtags #circleofprotection, #SNAPworks, #fiscalcliff
Video Courtesy of Bread for the World and the Circle of Protection.
2. Pick up the phone and call your Senators and Representatives. Call Congress to tell them that SNAP works and make sure there are no cuts to SNAP. Call your member(s) directly or dial the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your member’s office. Ask to speak to your Senators and House Member(s) and convey this message:
I am calling [MEMBER’s NAME] to urge him/her to protect and strengthen SNAP and reject any and all SNAP cuts that might be on the table during the Fiscal Cliff negotiations, including the harmful cuts contained in the House Agriculture Committee-passed bill and the Senate Farm Bill. SNAP cuts - or any other cuts in low-income programs - would increase hunger and poverty and shift the pain of deficit cuts onto those who are not responsible for creating the deficit.
3. We’re over 100, but we need more. Thanks to all your work, we now have over 100 House Members cosponsoring H.Res. 760 (pdf), the Sense of the House Resolution opposing SNAP cuts. We might have hit our goal, but we still need more co-sponsors to make sure House and Senate leadership understand that cuts to SNAP are not an option. Contact your Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor and follow this link to see the latest list of co-sponsors.
4. Don’t forget to share. New resources give you a reason to pick up the phone and contact your Members and the media. Show the need for SNAP with Census data depicting SNAP participation by congressional district, and demonstrate the vast support for SNAP and opposition to cuts with FRAC’s recent polling data.