Summary of RESULTS U.S. Campaigns for 2015

RESULTS works to find the "trimtab" campaigns that will make a substantial difference in breaking the cycle of poverty in the United States while simultaneously ensuring that our small but very engaged grassroots network makes a strategic impact. In 2015, RESULTS U.S.-poverty focused groups and activists are focused on these efforts:



Key Ask for Policymakers

Status/Time Frame

Creating Economic Mobility: Building Ladders out of Poverty

Enact policies that ensure that all Americans have the financial means to earn enough income to make ends meet, stay on their feet while working to become financially independent, and build the savings and assets to weather financial emergencies and save for the future.

Save key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that are set to expire in 2017 by making them permanent. Fix a glaring gap in the EITC by expanding it for childless workers.

As Congress considers comprehensive tax reform in the coming years, support policies that reduce wealth inequality and the racial wealth gap.

Congress is expected to take up tax legislation in the fall of 2015, with many pushing to make some business tax credits permanent. If Congress proposes to make any of the business tax credits permanent, RESULTS's priority is for Congress to save the EITC and CTC improvements by making them permanent as well. If Congress proposes only a temporary extension of the business credits, it is unlikely the EITC/CTC provisions will be addressed in 2015. 

In the House, H.R.1286 (CTC) and H.R.902 (EITC) would save key EITC and CTC provisions that are set to expire in 2017. H.R.902 would also fix a gap in the EITC for workers without children in the home, which is currently so low that these workers are actually taxed deeper into poverty. In the Senate, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) re-introduced, S.1012, the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would make the improvements permanent and also expand the EITC for childless workers. RESULTS is working to build co-sponsors for these bills so that these changes and improvements will be included in any new tax reform legislation. In February 2015, President Obama proposed making the expanding eligibility for the EITC and increasing the EITC for childless workers, along with making the 2009 EITC and CTC provisions permanent, and Representative Ryan has also proposed to fix the EITC for childless workers. 

Congress is not expected to take up any larger tax reforms that impact individual (not corporate) tax policies until after the 2016 elections. 

Keeping Food on the Table: Protecting Federal Nutrition Programs

Ensure that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and child health and nutrition programs are protected from cuts or restructuring in the budget.

Oppose any efforts to cut or restructure SNAP in the FY 2016 budget. RESULTS also opposes any efforts to use cuts to SNAP to fund other anti-poverty programs, namely child nutrition programs, instead of finding other revenue to fund these programs.


In March 2015, the House proposed cutting SNAP by $125 billion over ten years, convert the program to a block grant to states, and include SNAP in budget reconciliation. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that these cuts could have resulted in 11-12 million people losing SNAP benefits. The Senate budget proposal only implied cuts to SNAP and did not include it in budget reconciliation. On April 30, 2015, the House passed the FY 2016 budget resolution, 226-197; the Senate passed it on May 5, 51-48. This resolution implies cuts to SNAP, but makes no specific proposals to cut the program. Most importantly, the resolution does NOT include SNAP in budget reconciliation, which would have allowed Congress to fast track cuts to SNAP in 2015. House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway indicated that Congress will not take up specific proposals to cut SNAP in the remainder of 2015.

In the spring of 2015, RESULTS volunteers generated over 70 media pieces across the country urging Congress to protect SNAP in the budget. They also made calls, wrote letters and e-mails, talked to key Congressional aides responsible for nutrition policies, and met face-to-face with members of Congress about protecting SNAP.

Congress is scheduled to reauthorize child nutrition programs by September 30, 2015, but is expected to extend the current programs, then possibly take up Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation later this fall. 

Empowering Grassroots Activists: Grassroots Health and Expansion

Work to expand our grassroots reach and impact by adding new RESULTS groups and volunteers around the country. Specifically, our goal is 40 active RESULTS U.S. Poverty groups and 270 active volunteers in 37 states by the end of 2015.

Key action for RESULTS volunteers/allies: urge contacts to sign up for our Action Network and attend an upcoming RESULTS Introductory Call.

Our work to expand RESULTS’ reach and impact in the grassroots is an ongoing and yearlong process.  Our goal is to add 8 new RESULTS U.S. Poverty groups in 2015. As of September, three groups (Atlanta, Evansville, and Salt Lake City) have completed the new group training process, and another six groups are forming or in the training process.. 

Our work to expand RESULTS’ reach and impact in the grassroots is an ongoing and yearlong process.

RESULTS has a long history of advocating for key investments in health reform and early childhood programs. We will not focus our energies on these programs as a major campaign effort in 2015 but we will continue to engage in efforts to advocate for investments in Early Childhood Development programs, including Head StartEarly Head Start, Child Care, and universal preschool.  

You can read summaries of our 2014, 2013, 20122011, 2010 and 2009 U.S. poverty campaigns on our website, as well as other RESULTS successes over the previous decades.