August 2015 U.S. Poverty Action
Talk to Lawmakers and Candidates about Ending Poverty during the August Recess
Members of Congress are on recess this month through Labor Day (September 7). This is a great time to make your voice heard on the importance of protecting families who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). Meeting face-to-face is the most effective action you can take to influence your members of Congress. If you have already submitted a request for a meeting, contact the scheduler to follow up on your request. If you have not already scheduled a meeting, use the July Action for guidance in making your request.
There are also opportunities for candidate engagement at local town halls and other events (also known as “bird-dogging”) to ensure that the end of poverty will be made a priority by candidates in the 2016 election. After a great International Conference last month, carry that positive energy into the August recess and make the most of face-to-face meetings, town halls, and candidate events.
EITC/CTC Laser Talk for Face-to-Face Meetings and Town Halls
Engage: The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) help hardworking families make ends meet; they lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty in 2013, including 5 million children (state data at: http://www.results.org/uploads/files/State_Fact_Sheets_7.6.15.docx).
Problem: Despite the success of these pro-work tax credits, 16 million Americans, including 7.7 million children, could fall into or deeper into poverty if Congress does not save key EITC and CTC provisions.
Inform/Illustrate: Let me tell you my story/a story about the impact of these tax policies [share personal story here]… OR… The EITC and CTC promote work and help working families escape poverty, while making a big impact on the lives of children. Studies show that children in EITC families are healthier, do better in school, and earn more income as adults. Because of this success, these tax credits have long had bipartisan support, from Presidents Reagan and Clinton to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan.
Congressional Call to Action: Will you personally speak to House/Senate tax leaders urging them to make saving the EITC and CTC provisions their top tax priority this year?
Candidate Call to Action: Will you publicly speak about the importance of the EITC and CTC to working families and urge Congress to take action now to save these important provisions?
If you plan to attend a meeting or town hall, contact Meredith Dodson ([email protected]) for help in getting you and your group ready. After any meeting or town hall event, be sure to follow up with the congressional staff and remember to fill out the RESULTS Lobby Report Form at www.tinyurl.com/RESLRF.
How to Make the Most of Town Halls and Candidate Appearances
We will discuss these strategies and others on the RESULTS U.S. Poverty Campaigns August National Webinar/Conference Call (note different time: Tuesday, August 11, at 8 pm ET). For additional tips, check out our Activist Toolkit for Town Halls: http://www.results.org/skills_center/milestone_11/.