Pledges to be Delivered to Congress as Budget Debate Continues
Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), announced today that Saturday's canvassing effort in support of President Obama's budget collected more than 100,000 pledges and counting from Americans in all 50 states. More than 10,000 volunteers participated in the effort at some 1,200 events around the country. The pledges will be delivered to Congress as the budget debate continues.
"We're very encouraged by the strong showing we saw from canvassers and volunteers in neighborhoods across the country on Saturday," said OFA Director Mitch Stewart. "The message they delivered came through loud and clear - Americans are just as committed to helping enact the change President Obama campaigned for as they were to sending him to the White House. They understand that to get our economy moving again, make healthcare more affordable, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and improve education, the President needs our help - and with 100,000 pledges and counting, Americans are doing just that."
President Obama's budget includes a plan to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term and create jobs by investing in the three areas most critical to our future:
- Energy: Transforming America's economy to run on clean and renewable energy in order to create new American jobs and industries
Health care: Comprehensively reforming health care so that families, businesses, and government are relieved from the crushing costs that impede economic growth and prosperity
Education: Reforming and investing in America's education system so that citizens are prepared to compete in a global economy
OFA's Pledge Project is part of a larger OFA effort to identify and mobilize support for the economic vision President Obama outlined in his budget. OFA is also encouraging Americans to call their Members of Congress and urge them to support the plan. Every day, volunteers and supporters are continuing to have conversations and educate their neighbors and members of their community about the President's plan.
Announced in January, OFA will work in partnership with the DNC to continue to build, engage and strengthen the unprecedented organization that was built during the campaign and the grassroots network built over the past four years at the DNC. The joint partnership signifies the ongoing commitment to both building and strengthening the grassroots movement, and reaching out to people in all 50 states to engage Americans in a movement for change.