Take Action on Budget & Tax Plan

We all know that a budget is a moral document and that taxation is the means by which a society ensures the physical and economic security for all. The current Republican-led effort in Congress to reform our federal tax system will enhance those already possessing considerable wealth, tossing only a few crumbs to middle- and lower-income households. It is estimated that the Senate tax plan would add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years and be paid for by decimating basic human need programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Currently, both the House and the Senate have passed their budget resolutions and will need to approve a joint budget. Each chamber’s budget and appropriations committees are working out the details of the tax cuts and the morally unconscionable cuts to federal human service programs. For more information, see: www.cbpp.org/budget-briefs.

Take Action

The most important action any of us can take is to send stories of impacts to those who rely on government assistance programs, from food to housing to health care, to the local office of your member of Congress. In the message you send, clearly state that cutting these programs in the federal budget will only increase hunger and poverty.

Click here to find your Congressional District, and use the links and phone numbers below to contact your member of Congress.

 

Urge Congress to Pass Comprehensive Sentencing Reform

Sharing from our friends at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:

The bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (S.1917) would reduce mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses, give judges greater discretion in sentencing, create a new system by which prisoners can have their sentences reduced for participation in recidivism reduction programs, and reform the federal juvenile justice system to ensure better treatment for youth offenders.

The legislation represents the most significant attempt at criminal justice reform in years, and it’s time for Washington State Senators Murray and Cantwell to join the effort. Contact both of them and urge them to co-sponsor this legislation to create fairer sentencing laws and reduce mass incarceration in this country, which disproportionally targets people of color.