Target: Missouri governor, Jay Nixon
Goal: Praise governor for ensuring that children of low-income families continue to have access to welfare benefits.
Missouri governor Jay Nixon protected welfare benefits for children of low-income families by standing up to the entire Missouri Legislature and vetoing the legislation that would dramatically cut these benefits.
The bill would have shortened how long low-income families could receive cash payments and enforced more work requirements to receive welfare. This would impact several thousand low-income families. Children of these families would suffer greatly. Governor Nixon said that he doesn’t “sign bills that hurt kids–period.”
He also called the bill, introduced by Republicans, a “zeal to reduce reliance on government assistance.” His actions have created a strong backlash in the Republican-led legislature, but Governor Nixon stood firm in his actions. The Republicans could overturn the governor’s actions with a two-thirds vote in each chamber.
Under this legislation, the lifetime limit for receiving benefits would be reduced from five years to three years and nine months. And estimate from the Department of Social Service states that approximately 3,155 families would lose benefits in the first year. Under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, financial assistance is provided temporarily to help low-income families with one or more children to pay for basic necessities such as food and shelter.
Low-income families desperately need these benefits if we want to see them have a chance at succeeding in school and become productive members of society. This legislation is harmful to children and Governor Nixon recognized that. Please sign the petition below and thank him for being a voice of reason in the Missouri Legislature.
Dear Governor Nixon,
I would like to thank you for standing up to the Missouri Legislature and vetoing legislation that would dramatically cut welfare benefits for low-income families. Families who struggle need these benefits to make ends meet and provide for their children.
If the bill had been signed, it would have taken away assistance assistance from at least 6,400 children. A significant proportion of these children are below the age of five.
This legislation punishes the children of low-income families and we need to ensure that they are taken care of so that they can receive a proper education and succeed in life. The bill passed by the Republican-led legislature would be detrimental to this endeavor.
Thank you for taking a strong stance on this issue. We need to help these poor families so that they can raise children who will not be impaired by their unfortunate circumstances.
[Your Name Here]
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