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  • Faith Leader Sign on Letter about Judge Kavanaugh

    Sign the letter below to U.S. Senators about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

    If you are listing an organization or congregation, please spell it out completely with proper capitalization. Your extra care saves us valuable time in finalizing the letter to send to Capitol Hill!

  • Tell Your Senator to Support the Farm Bill

     Today, the Senate is voting on a bipartisan Farm Bill that will protect SNAP funding. Call your Senator at 1-885-1748 and tell them to vote YES on S. 3042!

    This bill encompasses a clear acknowledgement of the harm hunger and poverty cause to children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and struggling workers, and a strong affirmation of the strengths of SNAP in addressing hunger and poverty.

    You can also email your Senator now to support the bill! 

    If you want your Member of Congress to take your message to heart, please customize the beginning of this email to add your own thoughts and experiences. 

     

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    You can also send them an email by entering your information below!

  • Tell Congress: Protect SNAP!

    The House Farm Bill has arrived and it’s as bad as we had feared.  SNAP recipients across the country will face tighter restrictions to access benefits, punitive work requirements and a sea of red tape to prove they are trying to find work. Billions of dollars of food benefits will be funneled into a half-baked and underfunded skills and training programs. 

    Email your Representative now to oppose the bill, and encourage your Senators to participate in a better legislative process.

    If you want your Member of Congress to take your message to heart, please customize the beginning of this email to add your own thoughts and experiences. 

     

  • Support Funding for Affordable and Quality Housing!

    Congress must protect programs that provide full-spectrum housing assistance for people suffering from homelessness and living on the margins. Sign on to this Affordable Housing Petition to ensure safe and secure housing for all. 

  • Tell Congress to Increase Census Funding!

    How Congress decides to fund the decennial 2020 Census over the next two years will have long-lasting consequences. Urge Congress to increase census funding to $3.928 billion for FY 2019The census is not simply a 10-question survey about household size, racial and gender demographics, it is fundamental to our democracy. 

     

    Please customize this email to add your own thoughts and experiences. 

  • NETWORK’s 2017 Voting Record

    NETWORK releases our annual voting record each year to evaluate all Members of Congress on how they voted during the previous session of Congress. View our 2017 voting record and see how your elected officials scored.

    Two hundred and fifteen members of Congress were successful in voting with us 100% of the time.

    Our system will read how your elected officials scores and pull up the appropriate messages whether your elected officials received a 100%, a passing grade, a failing grade, or are new to Congress. If you live in D.C., Delegate Norton will receive the same message as those new to Congress since she does not receive a score, but it’s still important to let her know about your values!

    Don’t forget—you can personalize each message with your unique thoughts and encouragement!


  • Tell Your Member of Congress to Equitably Fund Defense and Domestic Spending

    Republicans want to fund the Pentagon at a higher level without increasing spending for domestic security programs. By separating Pentagon spending and non-defense spending, Republican leadership will raise spending on military programs and leave less funding for security, veterans, agriculture, and health care programs. Send your member of Congress a message now to ensure we keep defense and non-defense spending in the same bill!

  • Tell Your Member of Congress to Pass a Faithful Budget

    Congress is beginning to make decisions on the FY 2019 federal budget that will have the greatest impact on hard working families and people living in poverty.  Help us make a difference on Capitol Hill by writing to your Members of Congress today and urging them to fully fund the safety net.

  • Tell Congress: Everybody Counts!

    The clock is winding down for Congress to complete action on a final FY 2018 federal budget.  A fair and accurate Census is fundamental to our country’s democracy and must be adequately funded.  Vital resources to states are at play.  Help us urge Congress to increase funding for the 2020 Decennial Census to $1.935 billion.

    Please customize this email to add your own thoughts and experiences. 

  • Email your elected officials to promote a more just tax code.

    Trump's new tax plan implemented vast tax cuts for the wealthiest in our nation and will consequentially cut funding for anti-poverty programs like Medicare and Medicaid. At the same time, vital tax credits that exist for low-income and moderate-income individuals and families, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, are on the chopping block. Email your elected officials now to make sure that they know NETWORK’s tax priorities and oppose any tax proposal that would exacerbate wealth inequality.

  • Email Your Senators to Vote NO on the Budget Resolution

    The Senate FY 2018 budget resolution demands more than $5 trillion in cuts to vital safety net programs over the next decade; while at the same time creating the framework to raise taxes for the poor and give tax breaks to the super wealthy! It is also expected to set up an expedited process which, among other things, would allow the Senate to pass tax reform legislation with only 51 votes.

    The budget is a moral document. Please email your Senators to vote NO on the budget resolution, and be sure to customize the message with your own thoughts and values.

  • Interfaith Dream Act Sign On Letter

    Sign your name below to help protect Dreamers!

  • Email your Senators and Representative to tell them to protect kids’ coverage and extend CHIP funding.

    Without an extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), millions of families face uncertainty about their children’s healthcare. Email your Members of Congress now about this bipartisan issue to ensure that our nation’s most vulnerable are covered. Don’t forget, if you have a personal story, please personalize this message by adding it.

  • Interfaith Healthcare Coalition Sign On Letter in Opposition to Graham – Cassidy

    Congress is as close as it has ever been to stripping healthcare access from our people and we have to act now. Sign on to this Interfaith Healthcare Coalition Petition-- your voice could make all the difference. 

    Signatures accepted on a rolling basis, but please sign by Sunday, September 24!

  • Tell Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor the Dream Act

    In the wake of President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, we must urge our members of Congress to pass legislation that will best keep Dreamers safe. While many bills are currently circulating through Congress, we at NETWORK are clear on our support for the Dream Act. There is no time to waste while Congress navigates multiple bills concerning the fate of DACA recipients-- The Dream Act ensures complete and permanent protections for Dreamers. You can read more about the different proposals here on NETWORK's Legislative Updates.

    Send your elected official a targeted message to ensure they support the bill that ensures the most efficient and long-term safety for undocumented youth-- the Dream Act.

    Don't forget to personalize this message.

  • Email your Senators and Representative to tell them to protect kids’ coverage and extend CHIP funding.

     If Congress doesn’t act now, 8.9 million children will have their healthcare coverage terminated on September 30. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a bipartisan program that provides quality, age-appropriate care to children in families working hard to make ends meet. Bipartisan hearings on CHIP funding are happening in September, so now is the time to make our voices heard. Call on Congress and join us as we advocate for American children’s right to healthcare.

    Don't forget to personalize this message.

  • Tell Congress: Mend the Gaps in Our Federal Budget

    This fall, one of the key objectives for Congress is to pass a budget for FY18, which begins October 1.  Already, the road ahead looks difficult. President Trump and Republicans leaders in Congress are looking to cut spending on key programs that lift people out of poverty and increase funding for the military and immigration enforcement.  This is wrong, and our people will suffer if we don’t take action now.  Email your Members of Congress today to say NO to the Trump Agenda by refusing to defund important programs that support families who are struggling to make ends meet.

    Don't forget, you can also personalize this message with comments about your faith, personal story, and beliefs about our nation's budget priorities.

  • Support Our Immigrant Community by Passing the Bipartisan Dream Act

    There are currently over 741,000 young undocumented individuals, known as Dreamers, who are living in fear and uncertainty because the Trump Administration has threatened to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Join us in calling on Congress to pass the Dream Act, bipartisan legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and those who qualify. 

    Don't forget to personalize your message with a story from your community.

  • Email Your Senator to Stop this Harmful Healthcare Bill!

    Your calls, emails, and advocacy stopped the BCRA the first time, but now the Senate is preparing to vote next week on a revised version of the bill. To appease conservatives, they made the bill even harsher for those on the economic margins.

    Once again we have to say it: enough is enough. Email your Senators NOW to tell them to end all consideration of this broken bill!

  • Call Congress NOW and say NO to Better Care Reconciliation Act!

    Senate Republicans have finally released their healthcare bill to the public, and it confirms what we already knew: this cruel bill would cause massive harm to our families and must be rejected.

    Senate leadership is rushing the bill (which they are now calling the Better Care Reconciliation Act) to a vote by June 30 and get it one step closer to President Trump's desk. To be clear: this is the American Health Care Act (AHCA) but worse. Today, and the next few days, are our last best chance to stop this immoral bill.

    We need you to call your Senators at 1-888-738-3058 NOW to oppose the GOP health plan and protect Medicaid!
    Call twice to reach both Senators.

    After the House passed the AHCA in May, you told your Senators that the AHCA was beyond repair, and many of them promised to craft a better bill. Instead, they made the cruel cuts to Medicaid even deeper, kept most of the harmful aspects of the House bill and changed the name. This bill endangers over 70 million children, disabled people, seniors in nursing homes, and hardworking individuals and families who rely on Medicaid for healthcare.

    Lives are on the line, and your calls can make the difference. We need to let Senators (in Republican and Democratic offices!) know that people of faith support healthcare and are against this bill.

    Call your Senators at 1-888-738-3058 NOW.

    When you call, here’s what you might say:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. As a person of faith, I’m calling to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act. I oppose any efforts to cut or cap Medicaid, and no one should lose coverage as a result of any healthcare replacement. Please protect the human dignity of the millions of Americans who would lose coverage and oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act.”*

    *Also add your personal story! 

    Millions of lives are on the line. Please call your Senators (call twice!) at 1-888-738-3058 to stop this bill. 

                                                       

                                       

                                        

                                         

    A call is better, but if you can't feel free to use this tool to send an email.

  • Associates of the Sisters of Social Service Medicaid Letter

    Protect Medicaid! Sign this petition if you are an Associate of the Sisters of Social Service.

  • Sisters of Social Service Medicaid Letter

    Protect Medicaid! Sign this petition if you are a member of the Sisters of Social Service.

  • Tell Senator Toomey to Protect Medicaid

    A few weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would slash Medicaid funding by $834 billion over the next ten years, eliminating Medicaid expansion and turning the crucial program into a block grant or per capita cap, which would hurt low-income children, seniors, people with disabilities, and people seeking treatment for addiction.

    Now it’s the Senate’s turn to draft a healthcare bill. Your Senator, Senator Patrick Toomey, is a member a working group of 13 Republican Senators tasked with crafting the Senate version of the AHCA. Sign NETWORK’s petition and tell Senator Toomey oppose any legislation that dismantles Medicaid. We need your signature by Friday, June 16. 

    The signed letter will be delivered to Senator Toomey’s offices in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg, PA.

    If you have a personal story about how you benefit from Medicaid, don’t forget to share it here!

    Know that by signing this petition, your name and city will be shared with Senator Toomey and might be included in local media outreach. 

  • Tell Senator Portman to Protect Medicaid!

    Senator Portman says that he prioritizes protecting Medicaid for those receiving opioid addiction treatment, children, the elderly, and the people currently covered by Medicaid expansion. However, he also supports structural changes to Medicaid, including instituting a “per capita cap.” Such a cap would dismantle the program and shift billions of dollars of healthcare costs to states, leading to rationing care, weaker benefits, and even causing some to lose healthcare.

    Sign this petition and tell Senator Portman to oppose any legislation that dismantles Medicaid! We need your signature by Wednesday, June 14. The signed letter will be delivered to Senator Portman’s offices in Ohio and in Washington D.C. 

    If you have a personal story about how you benefit from Medicaid, don’t forget to share it here! View a full PDF of the petition language at https://networklobby.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/OHMedicaidFaithSignOn.pdf

    Know that by signing this petition, your name and city will be shared with Senator Portman and might be included in local media outreach. 

  • Email Your Senator to Stop the AHCA!

    Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revealed what we already know to be true: AHCA would have a devastating effect on millions of people.

    The report shows the AHCA, which the House of Representatives narrowly passed just a few weeks ago, would cause 23 million people to lose health coverage by slashing the crucial Medicaid program by $834 billion in 10 years, raising premiums for older and sicker Americans, and discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. Overall, this bill would make our nation as a whole less healthy and secure. Email your Senator now and say NO to the immoral AHCA!

    It is important to personalize your email so we at NETWORK encourage you to share as much as you would like with your Senator to explain why you feel the AHCA is immoral.

  • How did your Representative vote on the AHCA?

     Republicans in the House of Representatives managed to narrowly pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), with a vote of 217 to 213. This is a dangerous and irresponsible step that threatens access to healthcare for at least 24 million people, and it violates our faith teaching and the values of our nation. Read NETWORK's full statement online.

    The AHCA cuts $880 billion from Medicaid to give large tax cuts to the very wealthiest. This is far from the Gospel mandate to care for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. It takes away access to healthcare for the most vulnerable and widens the gaps in inequality in our society. This vote was a vote against the millions of children, elderly, people living with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty who are supported by Medicaid.

    In order to appease the Freedom Caucus, the bill was amended to strip crucial protections for the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. The recent changes also gutted the Essential Health Benefit requirements that have expanded access to real, quality, health coverage. Despite these drastic changes, Congress rushed this terrible policy through without a Congressional Budget Office score to know the true consequences and without listening to the needs of the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose the AHCA.

    Next, we will need to take a collective deep breath and regroup for healthcare in the Senate. But first, we need to hold Representatives accountable for how they voted. Email your Representative now to thank them, or express your anger, for their vote on the AHCA.

    A message will appear reflecting how your Representative voted on the AHCA. Feel free to customize our template message. 

  • Virginia Needs to Expand Medicaid

    There is work to be done to make sure as many people as possible are covered under the ACA. Now, it’s time for Virginia to expand Medicaid. In Virginia, approximately 400,000 adults are currently in the “coverage gap,” waiting far too long for affordable healthcare coverage. Expanding Medicaid, as was intended in the ACA but declared optional for states by the Supreme Court, can provide coverage to hundreds of thousands of people who live just above the poverty line, unable to afford their own healthcare. Join us in emailing Virginia's State legislation to support the common good and say “yes” to Governor McAuliffe’s budget amendment!

  • Statement in Support of Refugees and Immigrants

     Sign on in support of refugees and immigrants.

  • Just Released: NETWORK’s 2016 Voting Record

    NETWORK Releases our annual voting record each year to evaluate all members of Congress on how they voted during the previous session of Congress. Download a pdf of our 2016 voting record and see how your elected officials scored.

    This is not a partisan scorecard, and this year’s voting record contained many non “party-line” votes. One hundred and thirty-seven members of Congress were successful in voting with us 100% of the time, and 99% of Congress voted with us on at least one issue.

    Our system will read how your elected officials scores and pull up the appropriate messages whether your elected officials received a 100%, a passing grade, a failing grade, or are new to Congress. If you live in D.C., Delegate Norton will receive the same message as those new to Congress since she does not receive a score, but it’s still important to let her know about your values!

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  • Tell Congress: Protect our Healthcare

    Right now, Congress is rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act as early as January with no guarantee that our communities will have comparable protections and access to quality, affordable health insurance. With no agreement on a replacement plan, this partisan move could endanger nearly 30 million Americans who rely on the protections of the Affordable Care Act for healthcare. For those experiencing poverty, vulnerability, and sickness in our nation, access to health insurance is a matter of life and death. Join us in calling on Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without proposing a plan that is better for mending the gaps in access to healthcare.

  • NETWORK congratulates Senators-elect Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, and Maggie Hassan!

    The 2016 election resulted in a historic number of women Senators elected to the 115th Congress. NETWORK looks forward to working with these women. NETWORK commits to advocating and working with them and other members of Congress to pass policies that work to create an economy and a society of inclusion, outlined in our 2020 Vision.

    Join us in welcoming Senators-elect Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, and Maggie Hassan to Washington! 

  • Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act!

     The right -- and responsibility -- to vote is foundational to both our faith and our democracy. It has been three years since the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder. Every year since 2013 states have passed restrictive laws, such as establishing an arduous process to register to vote or cast a ballot, under the guise of protecting against voter fraud. As a result, millions of voters, particularly people of color and senior citizens, will be disenfranchised in states that have a history of discriminatory voting laws.

    The solution is clear: Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act by supporting H.R. 2867, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). Unfortunately, many members of Congress are reluctant to address this issue because they benefit from restrictive laws. Encourage your Representative to support the discharge petitition to bring the VRAA to a vote!

    After you enter your zip code, our system will determine if your Representative has already signed the petition. If they have, you will be able to send them a thank you message instead. 

  • Oppose the So-Called "Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016"

    The House Education & Workforce Committee passed a highly partisan bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs, the so-called Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003). This bill has several troubling provisions that would limit the number of kids who are served by child nutrition programs, and would jeopardize the ability of schools to provide healthy meals for hungry kids. Will you join us in calling on Congress to save school meals? 

  • Sign: Solidarity with Immigrants in U.S. v. Texas

     The Faith Community has submitted an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in the case United States v. Texas, which will determine the constitutionality of President Obama's executive actions on immigration. Sign our petition to be in solidarity with the faith community and immigrant communities experiencing family separation. 

  • Support Access to Healthcare

     Simply put, access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege. We call for a health system that serves all people, especially the most vulnerable. Right now, that means operating on two fronts: encouraging Congress to support and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, and making sure that all states expand Medicaid so people on the brink of poverty can be be covered.

    Take action with NETWORK and ask Congress to support a healthcare system that reduces racial disparity and increases affordability, while opposing any rollbacks to the Affordable Care Act. 

    If you live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming your state has not expanded Medicaid. Email your state officials and Governor and encourage them to expand Medicaid now!

  • Support Family Friendly Workplace Protections

    Federal workplace policies have not kept up with the realities of working families.

    Currently, several bills are propsed in Congress to better support family-friendly workplaces. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (S.786/H.R. 1439), sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) proposes paid family and medical leave by creating a national insurance program. Funded through small employee and employer contributions, workers could take up to 12 weeks of leave for serious family or medical reasons while receiving a portion of their pay. The Healthy Families Act (S. 497/H.R. 932) would create a system for all workers to earn paid sick days base on the number of hours worked.

    In both the House and Senate, these bills currently only have support from Democrats. It is time for representatives to work across the aisle and support these, and other, family-friendly workplace policies.

    Email your Senators and Representatives today and urge them to support family-friendly workplace policies, including paid leave and sick days. Be sure to edit the message and include your own thoughts about why this issue is important to you.

  • How did your elected officials score?

    NETWORK releases our annual voting record each year to evaluate all members of Congress on how they voted during the previous session of Congress. View our 2015 voting record and see how your elected officials scored.

    In 2015, the NETWORK community worked hard to make sure that members of Congress were primed to hear Pope Francis’s message when he addressed them in September. With each vote, we asked Congress to uphold an economy of inclusion that supports Catholic Social Justice. The votes in our 2015 scorecard reflect the most critical moments from the past year where our elected officials did, or didn’t, live up to the challenge.

    This is not a partisan scorecard, and this year’s voting record contained many non “party-line” votes. Forty-four members of Congress were successful in voting with us 100% of the time, and 99% of Congress voted with us on at least one issue. We cannot turn our backs on those who received less than a perfect score. See how your elected officials voted and send them a message of gratitude and encouragement – whether they scored a 100% or a 9% – because everyone could use a reminder to be more like Pope Francis.

  • Tell President Obama: Stop ICE Raids of Immigrants Fleeing Violence

    As many of us were celebrating Christmas with our loved ones, news of immigration raids provoked fear and despair in immigrant communities across our nation. The Obama Administration, specifically Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, indicated that the raids were intended to deport families feeling violence in Central America that entered the United States in recent years and had been denied asylum. We know that these vulnerable families are provided very little information about their rights and are in many cases denied legal assistance when presenting their case in immigration court. Email President Obama now and let himknow that this unjust treatment of our immigrant sisters and brothers MUST end.

  • Criminal Justice Reform on the Move!

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 - a sweeping bill that committee chairman Chuck Grassley has called the “most significant criminal justice reform in a decade.” Grassley (R-Iowa) was previously a strong opponent of sentencing reform, but a concerted advocacy effort on the part of the faith community and other partners helped to change his mind.

    The bill passed through committee with a strong bi-partisan vote of 15-5 and is supported by the White House, the Justice Department, police chiefs across the country, faith-based organizations, and many other advocates for fairer sentencing and prison reform. This legislation is a positive first step towards greater fairness in sentencing, reducing recidivism, focusing on successful re-entry to society, and creating an efficient, cost-effective prison system.

    It is noteworthy that this bill is one of the few bi-partisan efforts that appears to have a likelihood of becoming law. A similar bill has been introduced in the House Judiciary Committee by Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA). Furthermore, the Senate's process to gain support and facilitate compromise is a model that should be replicated for future bi-partisan policy efforts. This bill provides hope that Congress can bridge divides and pass much needed criminal justice reform.

    Now is the time to urge your senator to vote yes on S. 2123 - the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.

  • Invest in our Cities

    Over the past few months our hearts have been broken as we watch our nation grapple with the death of innocent black men and women at the hands of the police. These moments have caused us not just to reflect as sisters and brothers in Christ but also as “We the People” in a democracy. Once again, we are voicing our frustration with injustice in our cities. These frustrations are larger than law enforcement. From Selma to Ferguson to Baltimore, we’ve witnessed the damaging effects of failing to invest in our cities.

    Structural racism and injustice have perpetuated the polarization of communities of color in cities across America and influence public policies that disproportionately disadvantage people of color. We as a nation must do better. Cities have been experiencing a decline in revenue, which is magnified by the federal government’s steady decline in community investment, like cutting the Community Development Block Grant program. This has led to poor educational outcomes for children, massive foreclosures, and high rates of unemployment.

    We can do better—we must fund programs that strengthen our communities, not militarize them. Tell Congress to invest in our cities.

  • Bold Moves to Recognize the Dignity of Work

    Catholic Social Teaching teaches that we must respect the dignity of work—the right to productive work, fair wages, collective bargaining and to economic initiative. Unfortunately, our current economy is far from one that respects the dignity of work and the way we all contribute to the common good. Our current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour keeps families in extreme poverty even if they are working full-time. The reality of today is a sharp contrast to when the minimum wage was first enacted and a single worker with a full-time job was able to modestly meet all the needs of their family and make mortgage payments on a home.

    Thankfully, the “Raise the Wage Act” was introduced in the House and the Senate to increase the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020. It would also index the minimum wage to the median wage and phase out the tipped-worker minimum wage (currently $2.13/hour). This is a bold step in the right direction for economic policy that strengthens workers and families.

    Our economy must serve people, not the other way around. NETWORK supports a package of bills designed to make sure the dignity of work is upheld and all workers are able to provide for their families and the common good. Send a message to your members of Congress today encouraging  their support for pro-family and pro-worker policies.