Archive for December, 2013

Tuesday, December 3 – National Call-In Day to End Sequestration

December 3, 2013

austerity punishes poorCall your Members of Congress tomorrow and urge
them to cancel sequestration and protect
housing and human service programs


Sequestration is bad public policy that is placing even further strain on tens of thousands of low income families across the country. Nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs—including most U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs—have absorbed a disproportionate share of sequestration-mandated funding cuts. These programs will be cut even deeper if Congress does not reach a budget agreement that cancels sequestration.

Tomorrow, December 3, please join a national call-in day to end sequestration. Call 866-898-2624 and tell your Members of Congress three critical things:
Sequestration has already harmed tens of thousands of low income Americans. The hardships they face will only grow worse unless sequestration is cancelled. States and local communities depend on HUD and USDA programs to meet dire housing needs. Sequestration has made it even harder for poor people to find and afford housing and threatens to cause more people to become homeless. Cuts to education, Food Stamps, Section 8, public housing, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, youth, elderly, and disabled services, and other human service programs must be stopped.
The Budget Committee conference members must come to an agreement that cancels sequestration before the December 13 deadline.
An agreement that cancels sequestration will allow Congress to pass FY14 spending bills, instead of another Continuing Resolution, which would avoid further cuts to HUD and USDA programs.

Please tell Representative Hanna about the harmful impact sequestration is having on Utica, Rome, Oneida, Herkimer, and Central New York. These cuts are resulting in layoffs, elimination of services, and increased poverty and homelessness.

Please join others across the country tomorrow and call your Members of Congress. You can help prevent further cuts to housing and community human service programs! Join with us in advocating for an end to sequestration and ensuring that the Budget Conference Committee comes to agreement on an FY14 budget.

To participate, call 866-898-2624 tomorrow, December 3.
(Please note that the call in number will not be active until December 3.)

For more information and to see expanded talking points, visit