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Promise the Children is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We believe that the future of our democratic society depends on the education and healthy development of our most vulnerable citizens – our nation’s children. To this end we reach out to volunteers who will work together and advocate for programs that support U.S. children and their families.
We offer information and action alerts for your consideration about government funding for safety net subsidies that our low-earning families depend on. These programs help to pay for childcare, early education, food, health care and more. Information and action alerts are posted on our website, our Facebook page and on Twitter. Sign up on our website to receive notice of timely actions.
Let’s demand that Congress take action on curbing gun sales. President Trump has stressed keeping our country safe. Neither children or adults are safe from accidental death or murder by guns. More people in the U.S. own guns—some that were made for military use —than in any other country. There are more gun shot deaths and injuries to U.S. children and adults than in any other well-developed country in the world.
As of May 2018, here are some actions taken by Congress on issues relating to children.
(1) Good News! CHIP, the Children’s Health Care Program, has been renewed through fy 2022. Access to health care for millions of children is now confirmed, but the funding for CHIP is in danger of cuts.
(2) Funding for afterschool programs has been increased in the 2018 Omnibus Budget. This is due in large part to the 103,000 phone calls and emails made to our elected federal legislators since January of 2017.
(3) While funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC and the Additional Child Tax Credit is confirmed in the new tax bill passed earlier this year, funding has not been increased as many requested.
(4) Bad News! Funding for SNAP, the food stamp program has been cut by $4.5 billion compared to the funding in fy 2017. Luckily, Congress failed to vote on another major cut to SNAP early in May. The food stamp program continues to need your support.
(5) The lives of Undocumented immigrant families will continue to be shattered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even when they are paying taxes and fully supporting their families. No path for citizenship is under consideration for them and no decision was made on DACA youth this May. However, ICE has adequate funding to separate many parents from children whom they then refer to foster care. Families crossing the border are now immediately separated from their children.
(6) The worst mass shootings in U.S. history that have occurred in the last 20 months. Our young people staged a huge march called March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. and in cities and towns across the U.S. Our elected officials have yet to respond, but many states are enacting stricter gun laws. Call your local elected officials and ask for action!
Contact Congress: To find your legislators’ contact information, visit Call My Congress and enter your zip code. You’ll then receive contact information for your federally elected officials. Here are more ways to get in touch with your federal, state and local elected leaders.
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