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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. In addition we email timely information and action alerts to those who sign up on our web site.
As of the beginning of October, Congress is considering severe cuts in funding for many subsidy programs that support U.S. children. These include:
(1) Tax reform; Working parent(s) need refundable tax credits for safe childcare, and for the Earned Income Tax Credit. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) under the House Republican tax bill will exclude millions of children in lower-income working families. At the same time, it would expand eligibility for higher-income families. Lower-income working families are the people with the greatest need for the CTC, and more than 10 million children in low-income working families are at risk of being excluded entirely.
(2) The Senate sub committee turned down the DeVos proposal to fund the development of profit making charters as an alternative choice to our public schools. The money to develop charters was to be taken from funds that now support our public schools.
(3) The senate has yet to act on the Children’s Health Care Program (CHIP). Many of our nation’s children have access to health care through this program.
(4) Of the five worst mass shootings in U.S. history, three of them have occurred in the last 17 months. It’s time for our politicians to put children’s safety over the interest of the gun lobby and take real action toward reducing gun violence.
Let your voice be heard! Tell your federal legislators how you feel about refundable taxes, for-profit charter schools, CHIP and gun violence. Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code as the message. You will receive contact information for our federally elected officials. Here is more information.
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