News you've probably been seeing about meetings between the President and House members underscore how important it is that House members hear from constituents, calling on them to vote for continued government funding and for authority to borrow - with no strings attached. Please use the toll-free number below to call your Rep (or make the call any way you prefer! - but just call!). And please forward this alert to everyone you know.
- Call your Representative: Tell him/her to end the shutdown and stop an economic meltdown
- Call toll-free: 1-888-659-9562* Thursday - Friday, October 10 - 11
Note: I made my call Thursday morning - this will take you 5 minutes tops!
UPDATE: Network faithful overloaded the call center on Thursday bringing it to its knees (kinda like enrolling for health insurance on opening day). If it happens again today (and we kinda hope it does) you can find telephone numbers for your House Representatives here and your Senate Representatives here.
- We really are heading towards a crisis - tell us you care, and act.
Suggested message when you call:
As your constituent, I want you to act NOW to end the government shutdown and prevent the economic catastrophe of a government default, with no strings attached. Please vote to restore funding for all of the services that families count on and to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.
Why your call is so important:
The House leaders have been trying to divide and placate public concerns by passing a dozen bills that would fund popular programs. Representatives need to hear from constituents that this piecemeal approach is unacceptable. We need all of government working. Adding piecemeal funding options, no matter how worthy, only increases the funding impact on other equally worthy programs. A simple vote on a short-term spending bill with NO riders or conditions will do that. Show your Rep you want a real solution, not a PR offensive.
- Note: The Children's Mental Health Network is made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents and others. This call is not about one political party being right and one being wrong. It is about ensuring that the fragile safety net for families and communities remains intact. Regardless of political affiliation, driving Americans over the cliff of the debt ceiling deadline of October 17 helps no one.
We are about 10 days away from catastrophe: the federal government prevented from paying its bills and debts. The Treasury Department and respected economists call that the road to economic catastrophe and deep, dark recession. So far, the government shutdown has not stopped payment of Social Security checks or Medicaid/Medicare/food stamp benefits. But if the federal government does not have enough money to pay its bills, no cuts are exempt. Your Rep has to hear how strongly you feel that default MUST be prevented - NOW, with no conditions.
Thank you Network faithful - let's do our part to help get this done.
President & CEO
Children's Mental Health Network
*We are grateful to the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for making this toll-free number available!