December 15, 2022
ISSUE: Reinstate Expanded Child Tax Credit
Please call your senators to ask them to reduce childhood poverty by including an expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) in any end-of-year tax legislation. The CTC was expanded temporarily in 2021 as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, cutting childhood poverty by nearly half. It would be unconscionable for Congress to pass tax breaks for businesses without also reinstating this relief to families who are struggling economically.
ACTION: NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice has set up a special call in line for this issue: 888-738-3058. A sample script:
"Hello, my name is [NAME], I am a Sister of Charity/Seton Associate from [TOWN]. I am calling to ask the senator to support expansion of the Child Tax Credit in any end-of-year tax package. I am disturbed to learn that millions of children who were lifted out of poverty by the expanded credit are now living in poverty again. Expanding the Child Tax Credit before the end of the year is the right thing to do."
Sharing the loaves and fishes, You gave us an image of solidarity with the hungry.
Sharing yourself in the bread and wine, You called all to the table.
Give me the hunger to be a part of the feeding and the healing of this world.
Nourish me with your grace, so I may work with joy to serve your children.
Open my eyes and my heart to recognize those in poverty. Increase my awareness
of the structures and systems that need to be changed so we may all break bread together.