Support immigration reform with a path to citizenship
The shutdown is over, Congress is going back to work, and President Obama himself said the first thing our congressmen should turn their attention to is fixing our outdated immigration system!
We know Nebraskans feel strongly about the need for a comprehensive immigration law that provides a pathway to citizenship. On October 12, a crowd of 2,000 Nebraskans marched and rallied in Omaha to urge Congress to act quickly to pass a common-sense immigration law that would boost our economy and keep Nebraska families united.
Now, it’s your turn to make your voice heard! Please call Nebraska’s congressmen and ask them to support a bill that provides a clear and inclusive path to citizenship for aspiring Americans.
- District 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806 or (402) 438-1598
- District 2 – Rep. Lee Terry (202) 225-4155 or (402) 397-9944
- District 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435 or (308) 384-3900
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At the Families March and Rally For Dignity and Respect, hundreds of Nebraskans made calls to our House members. Now, you can join them, and help get a common-sense immigration bill passed in 2013!
Earlier this month, House members introduced H.R. 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” This is a comprehensive bill that is similar to an immigration bill passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. Senate in June.
Tell your Congressmen to support H.R. 15 to modernized our immigration system. Let them know Nebraska families, businesses, and communities are counting on them to accomplish a common-sense immigration law with a clear and attainable process for citizenship!
Watch President Obama speak Tuesday and call for serious immigration reform that includes a process for citizenship:
Oppose dangerous proposal to slash food assistance
At the beginning of this month, thousands of Nebraska families who receive food assistance will faced even more uncertainty because of a nationwide reduction in payments from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This comes at a time when Congress is considering a massive reduction in SNAP funding in the next Farm Bill.
On November 1, a nationwide reduction in payments from SNAP, formerly called ‘food stamps’, goes into effect when a temporary boost to the program provided by the federal stimulus expires. SNAP helps about 180,000 Nebraskans – or 10 percent of our state’s population – put food on the table each year.
This small increase in SNAP funding from the stimulus reduced the number of “very low security” households where people had to skip meals because of little money by 500,000 households. That means half a million more households in the U.S. got adequate meals because of the stimulus increase to SNAP.
The expiration of the boost will result in a total loss of $18 million to Nebraska SNAP recipients next year.
And this cut comes even as Congress is proposing cuts to SNAP of between $4 billion and $40 billion as debate continues over a comprehensive Farm Bill.
With so many Nebraskans still struggling to get enough to eat, this is no time for severe cuts to the most effective tool we have to combat public hunger.
We urge you to contact Nebraska’s U.S. senators and House of Representatives members and ask them to protect SNAP funding by opposing a Farm Bill that contains drastic SNAP cuts that will hurt the Nebraska children and working families that rely on SNAP to get enough to eat.
- Sen. Mike Johanns (402) 476-1400 or (202) 224-4224
- Sen. Deb Fischer (402) 441-4600 or (202) 224-6551
House of Representatives Members
- District 1 - Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806 or (402) 438-1598
- District 2 - Rep. Lee Terry (202) 225-4155 or (402) 397-9944
- District 3 - Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435 or (308) 384-3900
A proposed new USDA poultry rule would increase line speed in poultry plants, giving inspectors only 1/3 of a second to inspect each chicken — risking your food and workers’ safety. Take a moment to help stop the USDA poultry rule:
1. Send a short email to your U.S. Senators: “Please tell the USDA to stop the poultry rule.”
2. Tweet at the USDA. For example: “1/3 of a second isn’t long enough to keep food and workers safe.” Or “In 1/3 of a second, I can blink, but I can’t inspect a chicken.” @USDA #PoultryRule
3. Sign Phyllis’ Change.org petition. Phyllis McKelvey is a former poultry inspector who worked in the industry for 44 years. She says the new rule is a bad idea. After you sign her petition, share it with friends on Facebook.
Background: Meat and poultry processing lines already move at dangerously fast speeds. The USDA’s proposed new rule would further increase line speed in poultry plants to 175 birds per minute, giving inspectors only 1/3 of a second per bird to look for fecal contamination, bile, diseases, tumors, feathers, intestines, and any other defects. Could you do that in one-third of a second? The new rule will:
- Raise the likelihood of contaminated chicken on your plate.
- Contribute to higher rates of crippling repetitive-motion injuries in poultry plant workers.
- Allow individual poultry plants to decide whether they want to test for E. coli and other bacteria.
- Replace federal inspectors with plant employees.