Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the Summer Meals Act (S.2527/H.R. 5012). This legislation would expand access to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for low-income children and simplify administration of the program for SFSP sponsors.
Urge your House Member to co-sponsor H.R. 2384, a bill to require SNAP benefits be calculated with reference to the cost of the low-cost food plan; authorizes SNAP appropriations through FY2015. See cosponsors.
Senators who support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour may bring to the floor the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S.2223, after Congress reconvenes on November 12. Introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the bill would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over more than two years, index the minimum wage to inflation, and raise the $2.13 an hour wage for tipped workers. The $2.13 an hour wage for tipped workers has been mired at that rate since 1991.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lift 900,000 families out of poverty. A minimum wage worker who was the sole breadwinner for a family of three and who worked 40 hours a week and all 52 weeks of the year in 2013 earned $15,080, an amount that was nearly 20% below the poverty line. The minimum wage was last increased more than five years ago, on July 24, 2009, when it rose from $6.65 an hour to $7.25 an hour. While the lowest hourly wage has remained frozen since July 2009, the cost of basic necessities, from a gallon of milk to a gallon of gas, has increased substantially.
Follow this link to FRAC and NELP’s leave behind on why we should raise the minimum wage (pdf).
Ask your Representative to urge House leaders to allow a vote to take place on the Senate-passed bill, H.R. 3979, that would restore the emergency unemployment compensation program.
On April 8, the Senate approved bipartisan legislation that would restore 13 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation to assist long-term jobless workers. Six Republicans joined with 53 Democrats to approve the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014, H.R. 3979. But for more than six months now, the Senate-passed legislation has languished in the House. The House leadership has not scheduled a vote to take place on this much-needed measure.
More than 3.5 million long-term jobless workers have lost their emergency unemployment compensation benefits since December 28, 2013, when the law expired. Of the more than 3.5 million American workers who have been looking for a job for longer than 26 weeks, one in ten are veterans. Thirty-five percent (35%) of all unemployed workers have been out of work for six months or more and no longer receive 13 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Summer Meals Act, S. 2527 on June 25; bipartisan bill will enhance efforts to expand the reach of the Summer Food Program to low-income children and significantly simplify the administration of the program for sponsors.
FRAC’s sends letter to House Members (pdf) in opposition to provisions that delay or dilute the nutrition standards for school meals and WIC.
Members of Congress send letter to USDA (pdf) regarding orderly SNAP Heat and Eat implementation.
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