Washington, D.C. - The Y is a powerful ally and advocate that can move people and communities forward. In late February, Texas YMCA representatives from Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston visited several Congressional leaders in Washington D.C. to advance the Y’s causes and make our voices heard. This year’s legislative priorities were crafted around our three areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Y leaders from all across the nation gathered for our largest annual advocacy event. The Y-USA also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Congressman John Lewis (GA-5), a longstanding supporter for access to affordable, quality early childhood education program. YMCA leaders also learned about the current environment on Capitol Hill and the Y’s Legislative agenda for the year.
We are very thankful for the following members of Congress and their staff for making our 2014 YMCA National Advocacy Day visits a success:
2014 YMCA National Legislative Priorities:
1. INVEST IN THE NATION’S YOUTH BY SUPPORTING EARLY LEARNING, AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER LEARNING
2. CONTROL CHRONIC DISEASE AND HEALTH CARE SPENDING BY PREVENTING OBESITY, DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE
3. PRESERVE THE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION TAX DEDUCTION
A full listing of the Y-USA’s legislative priorities can be accessed on the Texas State Alliance of YMCAs website.