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DREAMers must be allowed to contribute to Nebraska

The Trump Administration has announced it will end the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has allowed Nebraska to benefit from skills, talents, passions, and energy of over 3,400 hard-working young people.

Now is a time for Congress to hear your support. Every day Congress delays, more Dreamers lose their protections and face the threat of an uncertain future with their families and home communities.

Call Nebraska’s U.S. Senators and your Congressman and tell them they must support the bipartisan “Dream Act of 2017.” (House version – H.R. 3440, Senate version S. 1615). This bill will provide DACA recipients and other similar hard-working young Nebraskans who were brought to the U.S. as children the certainty of legal status, and eventually, a way to earn U.S. citizenship.

We need a clean Dream Act right away.


Protect children’s health care coverage

Congress left D.C. in 2017 by putting the health coverage of 9 million American children in danger by not extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Funding CHIP should be a no-brainer. It helps 55,000 Nebraska children get important health care. But Congress is now four months overdue to fund a program that should have been stabilized in September 2017.

Some states already are running out of CHIP funding, and Nebraska could soon join them. Tell Congress not to put even more American children at risk. They must renew CHIP without delay.

 


Our Budget should reflect our Values

The President recently proposed a budget that is no less than an attack on hard-working Nebraskans with low incomes and vulnerable children and seniors. A similar budget was marked up by the House Budget Committee.

These proposals mean steep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, and other anti-poverty programs would heap more harm onto hard-working families struggling to get out of poverty, while endangering our state’s children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Combined with the significant cuts to health care and anti-poverty programs recently enacted by the Governor, this budget continues to close the door to opportunity for tens of thousands of Nebraska families, which sets back our entire state.

Contact Nebraska’s Members of Congress today. Tell them to reject budgets that target hard-working Nebraskans with low incomes and protect investments that keep families out of poverty while helping Nebraska be a state where everyone has the opportunity to get ahead.


Everyone should have a safe workplace

Over the past decades, significant and convincing data has piled up to show that working in the meatpacking and poultry processing industries continue to be some of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

Because of this long history of high injury rates and the U.S Department of Agriculture’s recent attempt to increase line speeds in poultry plants – which Appleseed and allies successfully stopped – we are concerned about the possibility of the USDA trying to increase line speeds even more.

Please call or email our U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, and tell them to protect food and worker safety with a federal line speed standard that protects the hard-working men and women who prepare our food from suffering permanent, crippling injuries on the job.