Take Action! Write a letter to the editor telling Congress to re-open the federal government and lift the debt ceiling so we can get back to work in building a strong economy

We all know that our Congressional representatives read the newspaper, so now is the time to take action and write a letter to the editor to your local paper that tells Congress to take the responsible path for our state and country.

The current government shutdown is causing shockwaves around the country including stopping paychecks to many workers through furloughs, putting our food safety at risk, cutting into consumer buying and business earnings that drive our economy, and hurting veterans, young children and seniors who may not receive help to meet their basic needs. In North Carolina, families are being turned away from getting formula for infants now that the federally funded WIC program is stopping benefits. Federally funded workers in the state are being furloughed at a time when their hard work is needed to keep us moving forward. Other critical investments such as child care assistance are at risk of ending, potentially forcing parents to lose jobs or put children in unsafe care while they go to work.

The best way to ensure the long-term strength and prosperity of our country is for Congress to pass a budget that includes new revenues that invest in the education, health and security of our democracy. This can only be done after the government is re-opened and the federal government’s borrowing limit is raised.  Prolonging a shutdown and defaulting on our national debt will only cause greater economic challenges at home and around the world.

Here are some key points to consider when writing your LTE urging Congress to get back to work:

  • Shutting down the government is bad for the economy and for the public that benefits from a broad array of public services.
  • With our nation’s budget, our financial standing in the world market, and the global economy at stake, our nation’s leaders cannot make decisions in a crisis atmosphere.
  • People make mistakes in crisis. The last time the House of Representatives went down this road in 2001 we saw the first downgrade of our bond rating in American history and almost 1 million jobs were destroyed in the resulting financial turmoil. 
  • We need to pass a budget and lift the debt ceiling in order to protect the nation’s credit rating and allow the U.S. Treasury to pay the nation’s bills—this includes the debt incurred from fighting two wars and passing two tax cuts in the 2000s and efforts to spur an economic recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s.
  • Ultimately our leaders need to pass a budget that includes new revenues so that we can pay our bills and make the investments in our nation that secure a successful future.

If you would like some sample letters that you can adapt, contact Amber Moodie-Dyer at amber@ncjustice.org. Also, please let Amber know if your letter gets placed after you’ve submitted it. We want to celebrate your success with you!

Step 1 - Select a Recipient

Letter to the Editor

The Letter to the Editor Section is one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper and can reach a large audience. It allows community members to comment on the way issues are being addressed in the media and to influence the topics the local paper may choose to cover. Elected officials often monitor this section of the newspaper and take notice of constituents' opinions.

We've made it easy for you to contact your local newspaper with your views, but editors want to hear from you in your own words.

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Step 2 - Write your message