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Reframing the debt ceiling debate

  • posted by Kellie Battaglia
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Senator Tester with Homeword Executive Director, Andrea Davis, and WORD client and mother, Emily Urbush.

Like most of America, we’ve been paying special attention to the debt ceiling issue in the news recently.  After all, cutting almost $1 trillion in federal programs over the next ten years is a big deal!  These are programs that we at Homeword, including our residents and clients, care about and utilize – programs like Medicaid, Social Security, SNAP/food stamps, WIC, Title X Family Planning, Head Start, and low-income housing and energy assistance.  Our Executive Director, Andrea Davis, recently participated in a roundtable discussion with Senator Tester, organized and facilitated by Montana Women Vote, and also met with Congressman Rehberg’s regional director this morning.  We are reaching out to our federal delegation to reframe this debt ceiling debate and talk about the needs of real Montanans to ensure their voices are also heard.  Homeword, and many similar organizations, rely on federal funds because Montana only has limited state and community resources to support these critical programs.  We’re not talking about programs that are offering “bandaid” solutions to local problems – these programs are working to create real, lasting social change.

It’s time to pay attention to the debt ceiling debate and contact our elected officials to let them know how important these programs and services are to us and our families.  Here’s how you can take action:
Senator Max Baucus: Send him a message, or call his office: (800) 332-6106
Senator Jon Tester: Send him a message, or call his office: (866) 554-4403
Representative Denny Rehberg: Send him a message, or call his office: (888) 232-2626
Be sure to mention that any plan for deficit reduction must: 
1. protect those programs and services that are vital to the wellbeing of women, families, and seniors;
2. ensure that millionaires and corporations pay their fair share; and
3. promote job growth, thus ensuring lower future deficits and a stronger economy in the long term.

One more suggestion - next time you're having a conversation with friends or coworkers, ask them what federal programs they benefit from and get a dialogue going about the debt ceiling issue.  I think you'll be surprised by the far-reaching impact of these proposed budget cuts!