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RESULTS volunteer advocates use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty by learning to effectively advise policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to education, health, nutrition, and economic opportunity. With every hour of their time, volunteers multiply their impact through the enormous power of advocacy — whether it’s helping change policy to support millions of families putting food on the table or helping raise billions of dollars for the world’s most vulnerable children. Keep up with the latest on our U.S. Poverty Campaigns Summary page, learn more about poverty in the United States, and see our U.S. Poverty Actions and News to take action today!
2016 U.S. Poverty Requests for Congressional Lobby Meetings
U.S. Poverty Campaigns
RESULTS U.S.-poverty focused groups and activists focus on 1-2 campaigns each year. Here is a summary of our 2016 priorities:
RESULTS voices our support for making sure people earn enough to meet basic needs in a broader framework of tax fairness and addressing inequality, and in 2015 we focused on saving key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). These tax credits are our nation's most successful anti-poverty programs for children – the pro-work tax credits helped to lift 9.8 million Americans out of poverty in 2014, including 5.2 million children. Because of the outstanding grassroots advocacy work of RESULTS volunteer advocates and others, Congress passed tax legislation that saves the key EITC and CTC provisions. If these provisions had expired, 16 million people, including 8 million children, would have fallen into or deeper into poverty. The proposal passed the House of Representatives 318-109, and the Senate by a vote of 65-33.
With possible action on tax reform in 2017, let's build on that progress! As Congress considers comprehensive tax reform in the coming years, RESULTS volunteers are urging Congress to ensure no American is taxed into poverty by expanding the EITC for childless workers, making sure all low-income families benefit from the CTC, and prioritize policies that reduce wealth inequality and the racial wealth gap.
Keeping Food on the Table: Protecting Federal Nutrition Programs
Our work on nutrition policies focuses on protecting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). In the spring of 2015, RESULTS volunteers and others mobilized across the country to protect SNAP from proposed budget cuts, and we are raising the importance of ending hunger by protecting and strengthening nutrition programs with Congress and candidates this year. In addition, we monitor developments in Child Nutrition programs, but Child Nutrition Reauthorization is not a priority grassroots campaign.
In addition, we will continue our focus on Empowering Grassroots Activists by building the health of our existing grassroots network and starting new RESULTS groups. Through our Experts on Poverty project and REAL Change Fellowship, we are working to bring new and important voices to this work. New to RESULTS? Participate in an upcoming Introductory Call and see our training materials for new activists, which include our Audio Basics Training.
See the U.S. Poverty Campaigns Summary for details on our work this year and learn more about poverty in the United States.