Congress: Strong families make a strong economy!

For the past few months, MomsRising members have spoken clearly, urging Congress to not raise taxes on moms and families in order to protect Bush-era tax breaks for millionaires, and also urged leaders to prevent drastic cuts to healthcare, education, and critical economic security and safety net programs.

The 113th Congress convenes today! In two months, Congress must act again. Tell the new Congress to protect our national economy by protecting our families. 

Sign Today!

Dear Congress,

MomsRising urges you to protect Medicaid, food assistance, education, housing, and other programs that are critical to our nation's families, as well as to our national economy, from harmful cuts every step of the way. We cannot balance the national budget on the backs of children and families. After all, strong families make a strong national economy.

 


    * required

    Text alerts are optional, but a great way to stay up-to-date with MomsRising on the go!

    Standard text message charges may apply

    Not ? Click here.

    We'll keep you posted via email on this and other MomRising.org campaigns.




    Enter email addresses separated by commas.
    Click here to preview or add a note to your message to friends.
    Did you hear about the fiscal-cliff deal?
    Hey you,

    I got this from MomsRising. It really explains what just happened and how we can all protect families during the next phase of negotiations. See Below!

    On New Year's Day 2013, Congress listened to voices of millions of mothers and families and passed "fiscal cliff" legislation that makes the wealthiest in this country pay more of their fair share.

    Who helped win the day? You did!

    Our nation needs your help again. There is another Congressional fiscal deadline in TWO MONTHS.

    *Tell the new Congress NOT to balance the budget on the backs of children and families as they face this new deadline. http://action.momsrising.org/sign/noharmfulcuts1/?source=taf

    In the recent fiscal cliff Congressional crisis, your letters, stories and calls helped ensure that families across this country won't pay more in income taxes and will continue to benefit from important tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, and to protect vital programs like unemployment insurance. Medicaid, which is critical to 1 in 3 children, [1] was not cut in this process.

    It's true, we didn’t get everything we wanted but one thing is crystal clear: This is a victory for Mom Power.

    But the fight isn't over. This was just one step in holding off devastating cuts.

    Why send this message now? The recent fiscal cliff deal was just one step in holding off devastating cuts. We have a long road before us. In two months, Congress must act again and MomsRising must continue to fight to protect Medicaid, food assistance, education, housing, and other programs that are critical to our nation's families, as well as to our national economy, every step of the way.

    We urge the administration and Congress to prioritize the needs of children and families throughout this lengthy process. After all, strong families make a strong national economy.

    *The 113th Congress convenes today! Tell the new Congress to fight against harmful cuts and protect families as the next fiscal deadline looms. http://action.momsrising.org/sign/noharmfulcuts1/?source=taf

    Why is this important?

    There are many corporate lobbyists walking the halls of our nation's Capitol, and elected leaders need to also hear from real people about the impacts in our daily lives. As we just saw in the fiscal cliff debate, the voices of moms, dads, aunts, uncles and real people have a big impact in Congress. And your voice is needed again.

    How did we make an impact?

    For the past few months, MomsRising members have spoken clearly, urging Congress to not raise taxes on moms and families in order to protect Bush-era tax breaks for millionaires, and also urged leaders to prevent drastic cuts to healthcare, education, and critical economic security and safety net programs. MomsRising has been taking action and making the voices of our more than one million members heard through multiple avenues, including:

    In-district deliveries in nearly 40 states of personal stories from MomsRising members about how the fiscal cliff will impact them; [2]
    Deliveries to every single congressional office in Washington, D.C. of hundreds of stories about the financial burdens facing moms and dads across the United States; [3]
    Continuously updating Congress with tens of thousands of signatures on letters and petitions calling on Congress to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the very wealthy;
    Telling the stories of mothers and families in the media; [4] and
    Meeting with Vice President Biden and others in the administration to share your stories, letters and priorities and more. [5]

    Imagine how much more we can accomplish together.

    *We must KEEP THE PRESSURE ON to protect critical economic security programs like Medicaid, food assistance, education, and housing from harmful cuts. These programs not only help families, they help our national economy. Let the new Congress know that moms are watching. http://action.momsrising.org/sign/noharmfulcuts1/?source=taf

    While the recent fiscal cliff deal is an important victory, and a promising start to the New Year, MomsRising will keep working to ensure that the budget is not balanced on the backs of children and families. Remember, in two months, Congress must act again and MomsRising will continue fighting to protect Medicaid, food assistance, education, housing, and other programs that are critical to our nation's families. This was just one step in holding off devastating cuts. We have a long road before us. We urge the administration and Congress to prioritize the needs of children and families every step of the way.

    What's in the deal? Here is what we did together!

    98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up.
    For the wealthiest Americans making over $400,000 a year, tax rates will increase to the level they were at under President Clinton--39.6%--when our economy created over 23 million new jobs. Those rate increases will be immediate, and they will be permanent. And tax benefits for folks making over $250,000 will be reduced.
    Millions of families will continue to receive tax credits to help raise their children and send them to college.
    Companies will continue to receive tax credits for the research they do, the investments they make, and the clean energy jobs they create.
    Automatic spending cuts that would threaten our national security and slash investments that build our economy and the middle class are temporarlity suspended.
    Two million Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own will continue to receive unemployment insurance so long as they are actively looking for a job. [6]

    *Let's introduce ourselves to the new Congress with a strong message about the priorities of mothers and families. Protect our national economy: Don't balance the budget on the backs of families and children. http://action.momsrising.org/sign/noharmfulcuts1/?source=taf

    Together we are a strong voice for women and families.

    -- Kristin, Mary, Elisa, Monifa, Ashley, Gloria, Ruth, dream, Anayah, Jane, Charlie, Joan, Claire, Sarah F, Julie, Sarah H and the whole MomsRising team

    [1] Kaiser State Health Facts - http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp

    [2] Congressional deliveries - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/

    [3] WUSA - http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/232353/158/Moms-To-Lawmakers-Fiscal-Cliff-Unbearable, Alternet - http://www.salon.com/2012/12/05/moms_to_congress_dont_throw_families_over_the_fiscal_cliff/

    [4] CNN - http://ctv4.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player, ABCNews - http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fiscal-cliff-bush-tax-cuts-expire/story

    [5] Paramus Post - http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20121207182405124, News Observer - http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/23/2559976/moms-v-millionaires-families-and.html

    [6] White House Statement - http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/01/fact-sheet-tax-agreement-victory-middle-class-families-and-economy

    Add a short note (optional, up to 500 characters):

    Privacy Policy (the basics): We do not share the information you've given us with unaffiliated groups without your explicit permission. For petitions, letters to the editor, and surveys you've signed or completed, we treat your name, city, state, and comments as public information. We will not make your street address publicly available, but we may transmit it to members of Congress, the President, or other targets specifically noted on the signup page. We will send you updates on this and other important campaigns by email. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, you may do so. For our complete privacy policy, click here.