July 2015 U.S. Poverty Action
Make a Difference - Schedule Face-to-Face Meetings with Your Members of Congress
Set Up Meetings in July and August to Urge Members of Congress to Protect the EITC and CTC
Schedule meetings with members of Congress on Advocacy Day during the RESULTS International Conference (7/21) and/or during the August recess (House: 8/3 - 9/7; Senate: 8/10 - 9/7) to urge them to protect hard-working families who receive the EITC and CTC.
Once you confirm a meeting, please contact RESULTS Director of US Poverty Campaigns Meredith Dodson ([email protected]) for coaching, materials, and tailored requests for your meeting. For additional tips on how to schedule your face-to-face meeting, check out our Activist Milestone: Meet Face-to-Face with Your Member of Congress and our accompanying PowerPoint.
Meeting Face-to-Face is the Most Powerful Action You Can Take
RESULTS has long promoted face-to-face visits with members of Congress as the most effective way for everyday people to build the political will for change. A Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) poll of more than 250 congressional staff confirms that face-to-face meetings between constituents and their members of Congress is the most influential way to influence elected officials, especially when they are undecided on an issue. These meetings, along with personal communications with congressional offices (calls, hand-written letters, personalized e-mails v. generic online actions, petitions, or form letters) are more influential than paid lobbyists.
Importance of Protecting the EITC and CTC
RESULTS understands that tax policy is an indispensable instrument for addressing inequality and poverty in America. According to the United States Census Bureau, 14.5 percent of the population, or 45.3 million people, were forced to live in poverty in 2013. In the same year, however, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) together with the Child Tax Credit (CTC) lifted 8.8 million people out of poverty and reduced poverty for another 22 million, making these credits the most effective federal antipoverty programs excluding Social Security. Currently, critical provisions of the EITC and CTC are set to expire in 2017, and if Congress fails to permanently extend these provisions, more than 16 million people, including 8 million children, could fall into or deeper into poverty. In the coming months, leaders in Congress will push to make certain tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy permanent, while ignoring the needs of working families who receive the EITC and CTC. If we are to succeed in protecting these vital programs, we must raise our voices now. By meeting with your members of Congress in July and August, you can help protect millions of America’s hard-working families as we fight to end poverty in America.