PICO gulf coast and children

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Thu Dec 15 21:34:07 CST 2005


From: "PICO National Network" <gwhitman at piconetwork.org>

On Thursday, December 15th PICO federations are holding prayer
events across the country at the district offices of 20 Senators
and 40 Congresspersons and in the U.S. Capitol to push for
action before Christmas recess on legislation to rebuild the
Gulf Coast and to urge Congress to protect low-income children
and families from budget cuts.

"No member of Congress should go home for Christmas recess
without giving Gulf Coast families the hope that they too will
be able to return home again," said Deacon Allen Stevens, of
PICO National Network and St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic
Church (destroyed) in New Orleans. "As people of faith we refuse
to accept the lie that our nation does not have the resources to
help families who lost everything in Katrina or that honoring
commitments to the Gulf Coast requires cutting children off
health care or taking away their wheel chairs and hearing aids."

PICO National Network is organizing the events across the
country to highlight the stark choices that Congress faces on
children's health care and Gulf Coast reconstruction in the ten
days before Christmas. PICO federations will be delivering
HOURGLASSES to members of Congress to remind them that time is
slipping away for displaced families. PICO wants Congress to:

-Pass a supplemental spending bill before Christmas that draws
on unused Iraq reconstruction funds to help New Orleans and the
Gulf Coast strengthen levees and rebuild homes of families who
lacked flood insurance

-Support a permanent revenue stream from oil and gas revenues to
restore coastal wetlands for hurricane protection and

-Choose the Senate's approach to controlling Medicaid costs
which reduces the profit margin of drug and insurance companies
while sparing children and families from benefit cuts and new
access fees.

For more information contact: Gordon Whitman, PICO National
Network (734) 255-4029.
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