We Can't Stop Now
By LaVida Davis
Thank you! Because of you and other advocates who flooded Capitol Hill with thousands of calls and emails last week, our political leaders actually came to an agreement. They reopened the government and prevented a U.S. default.
The good news: the shutdown is over, and we avoided economic catastrophe. The bad news: the deal did not address the big budget decisions before Congress: sequestration and sustained funding for programs that address hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. The deal only created a new committee and a new deadline: Dec. 13. I know — another budget battle, another fiscal cliff.
But we can’t stop now — this work is too important. These budget decisions will determine whether millions of struggling children in the poorest villages around the world have access to regular meals. Poor, working mothers in the United States may be denied critical nutrition assistance and prenatal care. SNAP (formerly food stamps) continues to be in grave danger. We cannot allow these programs to be defunded and we cannot let sequestration continue.
Call your members of Congress today! Use our toll-free number (1-800-826-3688) or send an email. Deliver two messages:
- Thank them if they voted to reopen the government and prevent default. Many members of Congress are facing local opposition for their "yes" votes (see House and Senate votes).
- Urge them to pass a responsible budget that replaces sequestration with a balanced plan that includes revenues and smart spending cuts that won't increase poverty.
I’m sure you’re tired of these manufactured crises — we all are. But from the ashes of adversity rises a new dawn. In surrendering ourselves to Christ, we refuse to surrender to partisanship and special interests. We refuse to surrender our values and our faith. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9 NIV). We must march on, pressing our elected leaders to choose wisely, act boldly, and move toward a day when no child or parent goes to bed hungry.
Last week you proved your voice can make a difference. Speak out again! Call (1-800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress today.
LaVida Davis is Bread for the World's director of Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building.
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