TODAY: 11:30 AM: Courage for America’s Bus Tour Hosts Press Conference in St. Louis To Demand Rep. Smith Promise To “Back Off Our Benefits”

Advocates Ramp Up Pressure on MAGA Republicans Ahead of Potential Default Crisis and McCarthy’s 100th Day

ST. LOUIS, MO — Today (4/5) at 11:30 AM CDT, as part of its nationwide “Back Off Our Benefits” bus tour, Courage for America will host a press conference with local advocates at Kiener Plaza to call on Representative Jason Smith to promise his constituents that he will not cut essential programs that Americans rely on — including Social Security, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits.

The press event will feature constituents of Rep. Smith, Courage for America spokesperson Laura Packard, and other allies joining forces to call out MAGA lawmakers for pushing the country towards a default crisis at the expense of American seniors, veterans, and children.

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  • WHO:
    • Laura Packard, Courage for America Spokesperson and Executive Director of Health Care Voter
    • Moises Montalvo, Army Veteran and Common Defense member
    • Jessica Motsinger, US Navy Veteran and Common Defense member
    • Marla Chassels, local activist and organizer
    • Stephanie Taylor, founder of Community Development Sustainable Solutions, East St. Louis
    • W.L. Fort, member of the St. Louis community
    • Keith Bell, former Legislative Director for Indivisible Illinois
    • And other members of the St. Louis community  
  • WHEN: Today, April 5, at 11:30 AM CDT (check-in begins at 11 AM CDT)
  • WHERE: Kiener Plaza 500 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63101


** B-ROLL AND PHOTO VISUAL: “Back Off Our Benefits” branded bus, signs being held by individuals; large “empty promise” placard; local community members speaking; campaign members wearing Courage for America t-shirts and sweatshirts **