Twitter Storm Will Tell Congress Policy Riders Would Threaten to Derail Final Federal Spending Bill
The Clean Budget Coalition—a group of more than 200 organizations—is urging Congress and the White House to reject harmful policy riders that could prevent lawmakers from enacting a final full-year spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, putting vital investments in affordable housing at risk.
On Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m., the Clean Budget Coalition is holding a Twitter Storm. Let’s make some noise and tell Congress to say no to harmful policy riders. Hashtags can include
Here are some sample tweets:
1000s of low income families may lose access to #affordablehousing unless #Congress passes a #cleanbudget ASAP
Without a #cleanbudget, Congress would put vital investments in #affordablehousing at risk
The #affordablehousing crisis is reaching new heights. This is not the time to put vital investments at risk. Pass a #cleanbudget
America is stronger when families have #affordablehousing. Tell Congress to pass a #cleanbudget ASAP to protect vital investments
If Congress does not approve a full-year FY 2017 spending bills for the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Agriculture (USDA) and instead passes a long-term stopgap spending measure known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), these agencies will see a steep shortfall in funding.
This will result in deep cuts to critical housing programs that could cause thousands of families and children to lose access to stable housing, putting them at increased risk of homelessness.
One in four renters in America is spending more than half of household income on rent, and family and young adult homelessness rates are rising in many communities across the country as growing numbers of people are unable to pay for a place to live.
To address the affordability crisis and build upon achievements made in decreasing the number of people experiencing homelessness, Congress should increase the number of families who are able to afford homes due to HUD and USDA programs, not reduce it.
A long-term CR would only make it more difficult for America’s most vulnerable families to access safe, decent, and affordable housing.