Mission:1 11-1-11 to 11-11-11 That They May all Be 1

ONE UNITED CHURCH on a shared mission for 11 powerful days to feed the hungry and confront food related injustice

Mission: 1: Shrink the deficit without cuts to vital social programs

The powerful deficit reduction Super Committee holds our nation’s future in its hands. Tell the committee to do the right thing by protecting vital services at a time of great need, especially hunger programs that feed millions here at home and around the world.  

Background

A Super Prayer Vigil for the Super Committee

People of faith are organizing around the country to call for a 'Faithful Budget.' Download our organizing kit and join the movement.

Job Creation should come first, not deficit reduction   

For more information read: “Unemployment is our Nation's Problem, not the Deficit.”

Congress charged the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction with identifying $1.2 to $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by November 23, 2011. Then Congress has until the end of the year to vote on it, up or down, without amendments.

The deficit could be reduced through a combination of  spending cuts and tax increases. But some committee members prefer to use spending cuts alone including cuts in anti-hunger programs. When millions of Americans are facing hardships, Congress must not cut these programs. Tell the Super Committee to reduce the deficit through tax increases for wealthy households and corporations, and cuts in military spending, not cuts in social programs. 

Raise taxes on wealthy households and corporations: With federal revenues lower than at any time since 1950, deficit reduction requires additional revenue. Wealthy households and corporations, having done very well in recent years, should pay more in taxes.

Cut military spending:  Over the past decade, spending on the military and homeland security has risen by more than 50%. But now with troops leaving Iraq and the Afghanistan war coming to an end, even the House of Representative has agreed that cuts of over $1 trillion are feasible.  The Super Committee should significantly cut military spending.

The Super Committee and Congress can shrink the deficit without cuts in safety net program that feed hungry people such as food stamps and unemployment insurance. Tell the Super Committee:  no cuts to social programs. Instead, raise taxes on wealthy households and corporations, and cut military spending.

For more information on the options for deficit reduction, see Shrinking the Deficit – Four Options.

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    • Representative Jeb Hensarling
    • Senator Max Baucus
    • Representative Chris J. Van Hollen Jr.
    • Senator Patty Murray
    • Representative James 'Jim' E. Clyburn
    • Representative Fred S. Upton
    • Senator Pat J. Toomey
    • Senator Rob J. Portman
    • Representative Dave L. Camp

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