ACTION ALERT: The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the federal fiscal year 2018 Budget Resolution on Thursday, October 5.

BACKGROUND

  • If this resolution passes, it could mean deep cuts (or elimination) to many programs/investments that help poor and low-income persons, especially children and the vulnerable.
  • For example, among the programs that will be cut, the President and U.S. House Budget Committee have proposed $150 to $190 billion in SNAP (food stamps) cuts over 10 years.
  • SNAP helps income-eligible individuals and families get adequate nutrition for health and well-being.
  • In the 23rd  Congressional District (which includes Chemung, Schuyler and part of Tioga counties), +16,000 children live in families who rely on SNAP to provide adequate food for their families; +12,000 elders use SNAP to purchase food and stretch their fixed incomes.     Local supermarkets/stores benefit from the millions of SNAP dollars that come into the local economy annually and create jobs.
  • 70% of the families with children receiving SNAP in our region work.
  • The number of people receiving SNAP in our region and nationwide remains 66 percent higher than before the economic downturn several years ago, and the food insecurity and national poverty rates have been slower to rebound than unemployment rates.  This suggests that low-income people are still struggling with the effects of the recession.    Food insecurity stays high primarily because of job market problems.    Many people cannot find jobs, and millions of people nationwide work in jobs with low wages.

ACTION NEEDED: Please call U.S. House Representative Tom Reed (Corning office: 654-7566) Tuesday or Wednesday (October 3 or 4).    

MESSAGE: “I urge that Representative Reed VOTE NO on the U.S. House of Representatives budget resolution on Thursday or whenever it comes to members for a vote.”

Leave your name and address.

Thank him for considering your request and ask that you be informed of his vote.    (You will leave your message with a staff person).

Thank you for speaking up for neighbors-in-need nearby and nationwide.