HungerNetOhio #8.11: “Gum Fight at the (not so O.K.) DC Corral”
Email conversations about "ending hunger in Ohio through changing conditions which cause poverty"
QUICK VIEW: For those who ask, “WHAT'S GOING ON?”
What IS going on in Washington these days? Not enough given what needs to happen by the weekend!
With millions of Americans--whether currently working or temporarily unemployed--at risk, what are members of Congress discussing?
Shutting down the government…Again!
This is the third time this year that Congress has “danced on the edge of catastrophe.” What makes this one more acute is that leaders are in a simultaneous standoff about these two other major pieces of legislation-whether to extend pay roll taxes and unemployment coverage.
At this moment, both sides are at odds about how to pay for extension of a payroll tax reduction for almost every worker-- something that both sides claim to want. They have only until the end of the year to work it out. Most economists say this tax increase would further damage the nation's fragile economic health by taking money out of consumers' pockets.
If an agreement on the spending bill does not come by midnight Friday, the government will be unable to pay any of its bills unless Congress tries to buy time by passing another temporary financing bill.
SHORT CUT: For those who insist, "JUST TELL ME WHAT TO DO!"
A quicker but less effective alternative is to email or call them or call directly (references)
After identifying yourself, tell them to stop this stop this "foolishness" (of course, use you own words) and get on with governing by passing all three measures immediately! Add any comments showing your understanding of these issues and express your compassion with civility and yet passion.
LONG SUIT: For those who plead, "GIVE ME MORE DETAILS"
Congress is trying to do unfinished business before they leave for their holiday recess. If they do not act, federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless will expire; so will the payroll tax cut for workers. With the clock running down, Congress has so far been unable to agree on legislation.
Democrats have proposed to pay for the cost of extending the payroll tax cut by imposing a surtax on income over $1 million. Most Republicans have insisted on paying for extended benefits by cutting programs. They have also sought to get other policy changes as their price for help for the middle class and the jobless. The House leadership bill, H.R. 3630, seeks quick approval of the Keystone oil pipeline and delays emission-control standards, despite serious environmental concerns.
The bill also makes cuts in health care provisions that are part of the Affordable Care Act (the new health insurance law), and makes the deficit reduction caps on federal spending even tighter (cuts to remain within the tighter caps are supposed to come from freezing federal employees' pay for another year).
It is very important that Representatives and Senators hear from you NOW.
Situation Here (especially with on-the-edge American families)
The sobering consequence of non-passage of this legislation is that the livelihood of millions of American is at stake. Just-released latest census data reveals:
GO DEEPER: For those who ask, “GIVE ME MORE REFERENCES?
ContactsU.S. House of Representatives:
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[haho] 'Dismal' prospects: 1 in 2 Americans are now poor or low income. Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks: firstname.lastname@example.org