Time is quickly running out. Congress must pass a spending bill before December 11th to keep the government running and provide the programs that millions of Americans rely on every day. Congress has made some progress by agreeing on how much money should be spent on defense and non-defense programs, but there is still a lot more to do.
Republicans are looking to attach “riders” to the spending bill that advance extremist policies like defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing environmental protections. These riders are distractions that have no place in the budget process. Lawmakers are trying to force their extreme policies on the American people by attaching these riders to important pieces of legislation, hoping that the looming deadline will force their colleagues to vote yes.
At the same time, several provisions within the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are set to expire if they are not renewed. Unless Congress acts soon, key provisions of the EITC and CTC will expire, affecting millions of working families across the country.
We need an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy. If the government were to shut down over controversial policy riders, or fail to make permanent essential provisions in the EITC and CTC, millions of families will be in danger of falling into, or deeper into poverty. Tell Senator Manchin, “Don’t play games with our livelihood; reject policy riders on all budget bills and make all provisions of the EITC and CTC permanent.”
We must fight for the budget priorities that we believe in. Congress should stand up for working families, not listen to corporate lobbyists. We need a spending bill that rejects extreme policies. And we need tax credits like the EITC and CTC help working families pay for basics like childcare and transportation.