Members of Congress regularly cite the important work done by non-profit organizations to bridge the gap between government programs and actual community need. Yet we have a situation where the so-called “Super Committee” is considering draconian cuts in domestic programs like senior nutrition and eliminating or reducing the charitable gift deduction for taxpayers.
How can they possibly expect charities like Senior Community Centers to protect vulnerable seniors without government funding and private donations? The situation has devolved into the theater of the absurd.
To put the need in context, check out a couple of recent articles such as, “New scale finds more poverty” in the San Diego Union-Tribune and “Senior Citizens in U.S. Falling Into Poverty Faster Under Census Measure” in Bloomberg News. They illustrate how rapidly seniors are falling into poverty at higher rates. We know that the boomers aging into programs began this year. If predictions hold true, seniors will double their numbers by 2030. With the insurgence of older adults aging into programs, we must protect our ability to fundraise, especially if congress continues their path towards under-funding essential nutrition and wellness programs for seniors. We refuse to fade quietly away while the Super Committee decides to leave seniors out in the cold.
The Super Committee needs to think about the ramifications of its proposed cuts and make a clear statement in support of the charitable deduction. Please contact the members of the Super Committee and ask them to protect senior nutrition programs and charitable giving deductions.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Co-Chair, Phone: 202-225-3484
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Co-Chair, Phone: 202- 224-2621
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) Phone: 202- 224-2651
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) Phone: 202.225.6235
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) Phone: 202-225-3561
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) Phone: 202-225-3315
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)Phone: 202- 224-2742
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) Phone: 202- 224-4521
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Phone: 202-224-3353
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Phone: 202 224-4254
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) Phone: 202 225-3761
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Phone: 202 225-5341