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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:

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.

In the House, H.R.1286 (CTC) and H.R.902 (EITC) would permanently extend important improvements to the EITC and CTC, which are set to expire in 2017. H.R.902 would also expand and increase the EITC for workers without children in the home, which is currently so low that many of these workers are taxed deeper into poverty. In the Senate, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is working to re-introduce his Working Families Tax Relief Act (S.836 in the last Congress), which would make the improvements permanent and also expand the EITC for childless workers. It is expected to be introduced sometime in 2015. 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.

Currently, there are no bills pending in Congress that would establish the Financial Security Credit (H.R.2917 was introduced in the last Congress). Once a new FSC bill is introduced in the House and/or Senate, RESULTS will work to build support and co-sponsors for this legislation so that the FSC will be included in any new tax reform legislation.

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.

 

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.

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 agriculture aides, and met face-to-face with members of Congress about protecting SNAP.

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.

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. 

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.