Procrastinating on Taxes?
By Eric Mitchell
It's April 15. Have you finished your taxes? Even if you find yourself sprinting to the post office today, know that there's a group of people who are even bigger procrastinators when it comes to dealing with taxes: members of Congress.
For two years, Congress has been putting off the budget compromises necessary for a deficit-reduction deal. That procrastination ensures sequestration will continue, causing painful cuts to programs serving the most vulnerable among us.
Low-income pregnant women are at risk of losing access to prenatal care, and infants and children could lose vital nutrition if the cuts continue. Right now there are lotteries taking place in this country to determine which children will get to attend Head Start and which children will be shut out of the program. Some of the poorest families around the world are at risk of losing life-saving food aid. We need a different path to deficit reduction.
Please don’t put off this call! You can make a difference and it will take only a few minutes:
- Call 1-800-826-3688.
- Ask for your U.S. senators and your U.S. representative.
- Say: "I'm [your name] from [your town], and I urge you to stop procrastinating and include taxes as part of a big budget deal. Please enact a deficit-reduction deal that replaces sequestration, raises sufficient revenues, and addresses entitlement spending."
- You can add to your message by discussing the harmful effects of sequestration. To learn more, see Bread's fact sheet on sequestration.
- Thank the office.
Thank you for being a powerful voice for hungry people.
Eric Mitchell is Bread for the World's director of government relations.
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