Call your Congress Member &
US Senators from Texas TODAY
For Direct Income Payments & Access to Testing!
CALL TO ACTION – Call or email your Congressperson and our 2 US Senators from Texas today to demand immediate federal funding for direct grants (income payments) to adults and an immediate expansion of funding for testing to be accessible to those who need it most, regardless of ability to pay. We will need to continue calls/emails even if the current stimulus package being debated passes. See talking points below.
For phone numbers and direct email links to your Congressperson and our 2 U.S. Senators from Texas, enter your address at this website: https://www.270towin.com/elected-officials/
INTRO – “Hello, my name is (name), I am with (name of your congregation or institution) and Central Texas Interfaith. With millions of lives at stake, we are calling on you (Congressperson’s name or U.S. Senator’s name) to advocate and vote for legislation that does the following:
ISSUE 1 - DIRECT GRANT/PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS
- Congress should immediately pass economic stimulus measures that provide ongoing grants (direct payments) from the US government -- not just for one month, but $1,000-$1,200 per month for every adult living in the U.S. until we are clear of this crisis.
- This should ideally target people making less than $80,000-$100,000 per year. This would allow low- to moderate-income people and families the ability to pay rent, purchase food, and have access to basic health services, utilities, transportation and other essentials.
- The target should be every American taxpayer, regardless of nationality or whether they use a Tax Identification Number in lieu of a Social Security Number.
- If the current stimulus bill being debated provides at least a start of an initial payment $1,000-$1,200, then pass it. But this should be followed up with successive legislation to make payments ongoing.
ISSUE 2 - AVAILABILITY OF CORONAVIRUS TESTING
- Congress should provide the funding necessary to vastly scale-up the availability of coronavirus tests for Americans who need it most.
- Testing should be available equally regardless of ability to pay, insured status, nationality, geographic area, and available to those who are homeless or are in the criminal justice system.
- This includes adequate funding for ancillary testing equipment and protective gear for providers.
Our world, and how we order our lives, has changed dramatically. Though many of us are safely hunkered down in our homes, let us keep at the forefront of minds the elderly and most vulnerable, those experiencing homelessness, those who have lost their jobs, and those whose jobs keep us alive while putting themselves at risk, like healthcare, grocery, and other retail and service works. After we ensure our families, friends, and others around us are safe and secure, lets carve out the time to continue to act on the faith that our collective power, will, and imagination are greatest when we keep organizing.