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Summary of RESULTS U.S. Campaigns for 2014

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 2014, RESULTS U.S.-poverty focused groups and activists are focused on these efforts:

Campaign

Goal

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.

Make the improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that are set to expire in 2017 permanent. Increase the EITC for childless workers.

Work to enact the Financial Security Credit (FSC) into law as part of tax reform. The FSC helps low-income taxpayers save for emergencies and the future.

Explore ways to alleviate the “cliff effect” in anti-poverty programs (benefits dramatically dropping off at even small increases in income).

In the House, H.R.769 (CTC) and H.R.2116 (EITC) would make the expiring improvements to the EITC and CTC permanent. In the Senate, S.836 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 March 2014, President Obama proposed expanding eligibility for the EITC and increasing the EITC for childless workers. Tax reform will not be taken up before 2015.

H.R.2917 would create the Financial Security Credit. A Senate FSC bill is expected to be introduced in Summer 2014.  RESULTS is working to build support and co-sponsors for this legislation so that the FSC will be included in any new tax reform legislation.

There is currently no pending “cliff effect” legislation. RESULTS is learning more about this issue and working with allies on the best way forward in addressing it. We will have more details in the coming months.

For more, see our Recent Developments in Economic Mobility page.

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 240 active volunteers in 37 states by the end of 2014.

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 10 new RESULTS U.S. Poverty groups in 2014. As of July 2014, four new groups have joined our network and we are training three more new groups started earlier this year, with several more new groups in the works. 

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 nutrition programs, health reform, and early childhood programs. We will not focus our energies on these programs as a major campaign effort in 2014 but we will continue to engage in efforts to protect key nutrition programs, notably the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), and advocate for investments in Early Childhood Development programs, including Head StartEarly Head Start, Child Care, and universal preschool.  

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