Please Tell Congress to Help Poor and Unemployed Families

 

Call to Action – ACTION ALERT

Please Tell Congress to Help Poor and Unemployed Families

Congress has returned to Washington, D.C. to conclude its legislative business for the year. At the very least, Congress must act to safeguard the families that have been ravaged by the recession and create jobs with what the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church calls a family wage: “sufficient to maintain a family and allow it to live decently.”

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Call to Action – ACTION ALERT

Please Tell Congress to Help Poor and Unemployed Families

Congress has returned to Washington, D.C. to conclude its legislative business for the year. At the very least, Congress must act to safeguard the families that have been ravaged by the recession and create jobs with what the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church calls a family wage: “sufficient to maintain a family and allow it to live decently.”

Since the beginning of the recession, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been vocal and steadfast in advocating for the most vulnerable among us. In 2009, during consideration of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Congress was urged to make the lives and dignity of poor families and vulnerable workers central priorities. As we approach 2011:

• Over 14 million people still lack gainful employment
• 39 million Americans live in poverty
• 12.9 million children–over 20%–live in poverty
• Over 3 million homes of American families have been foreclosed, and over 50% of Americans worries about its ability to pay rent or mortgage next month

ACTION: Send an email to your U.S. senators and representative urging them before adjourning the 111th Congress, they must protect families and provide them with dignified wages by:

• Extending Unemployment Insurance through 2011;
• Extending the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), which has allowed states to create over 200,000 jobs for low-income families;
• Extending the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and ensure that they remain refundable; and
• Providing $1 billion for low-income housing through the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). 

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