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Child Tax Credit for Millions of Children in Low-Income Families is At Risk—Call Congress TODAY!

By Meredith Dodson, Director of US Poverty Campaigns
July 22, 2014

UPDATE: On July 25, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4935 by a vote of 237-173. TAKE ACTION: Be sure to thank your representative if they voted against the bill.  You can also use our Letter to the Editor template to express your disappointment that the House continues to put tax breaks for corporations and higher-income households above assistance for struggling low-income families -- we urge you to call on your representative by name to hold them accountable.

This Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4935, which extends the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for upper-income taxpayers while allowing an important provision lowering the income threshold for the refundable portion of the credit to $3,000, which allows low-income earners to claim the credit, to expire. This bill has skewed priorities, and was made worse when the House Rules Committee added language to the bill that would deny the CTC to millions of poor children by requiring that a parent file taxes with a Social Security number (SSN). Immigrants who file with an IRS-issued Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) -- allowed under current law -- would be prevented from claiming the CTC, which could mean up to 5.5 million children, 4.5 million of whom are U.S. citizens, will lose access to the Child Tax Credit. We need to speak out -- call Congress today! 

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The International Conference is Over. Now the REAL Change Work Begins!

By Carly Pildis, Outreach and Advocacy Associate
July 22, 2014

This year 100 REAL Change Fellows joined us at the 2014 RESULTS/REF International Conference. What's next for them?

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FY15 Appropriations Update: Where Are We Now?

By Allison Grossman, Senior Legislative Associate
July 14, 2014

Since the President released his fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request to Congress in March, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have written and passed their own FY15 State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations bills, which cover the poverty-focused foreign aid accounts for which RESULTS advocates. The result is a mixed bag and the immediate next steps are unclear.

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Top Five Things to Do Now that the International Conference is Over

By Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate
July 01, 2014

What a thrill to have hundreds of motivated and committed advocates and allies in DC for four days of learning, sharing, and speaking up for the end of extreme poverty here and around the world! But there's a bit more to do to make sure the conference has maximum impact. Here are your top five next moves!

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