to fund those tax cuts for the billionaires….
Our friends at the National Head Start Association are mobilizing against across-the-board budget cuts to important domestic programs, including Head Start.
Please join this effort and take action today.
To fund tax cuts for millionaires, Congress is poised TODAY to remove 35,000 kids from HeadStart â€“ widely regarded as one of the governmentâ€™s most successful programs at lifting people out of poverty.
Two years ago, TrueMajorityACTION members swung into action and successfully stopped proposed cuts then. Amazingly, the budgeteers have chosen the Holiday Season to launch yet another attack on Head Start. So our friends at the National Head Start Association are mounting another defense of the kids living in poverty who benefit from this program.
Please take just a minute to check this out and take action. Itâ€™s fast, easy and the right thing to do this season.
Here is a message from the National Head Start Association on this effort:
Congress is considering imposing an across-the-board spending cut to ALL programs. There are any number of bills they may try to slip the cuts onto as Congress works to finish its business and leave town for the year. Our country is better than this — we can’t allow further cuts to the programs that millions of vulnerable Americans count on. Across-the-board budget cuts deserve an “up or down vote” on their own merits – not by trying to slip them in by adding them to popular, â€œmust passâ€ bills.
Contact your congressspeople and ask them to fight the inclusion of across-the-board cuts in ANY bill. This is NOT the way to cut deficits – on the backs of poor and at-risk Americans!
The table below reflects estimates of how many Head Start children will have to be cut as a result of a one percent across-the-board cut in spending. The cuts could be as much as two percent, which would double the number of children and families affected in your state. Please help us fight this injustice! The cuts could be included on any bill that comes to the House and Senate floor today, tomorrow, or over the weekend.
Associate Director, Government Affairs
National Head Start Association
ESTIMATED ENROLLMENT CUTS FROM FY 2005 TO FY 2006 WITH 1% ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT
ESTIMATED CUTS IN ENROLLMENT FROM STATE/TERRITORY
FY 2005 TO FY 2006
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -132
NEW HAMPSHIRE -63
NEW JERSEY -586
NEW MEXICO -289
NEW YORK -1,910
NORTH CAROLINA -740
NORTH DAKOTA -91
RHODE ISLAND -122
SOUTH CAROLINA -474
SOUTH DAKOTA -110
WEST VIRGINIA -296
Here’s the message we’ll send to your Congresspeople:
The across-the-board spending cuts being debated in Congress donâ€™t differentiate between waste and programs known to deliver strong results. The cuts include programs like Head Start, one of governmentâ€™s most successful anti-poverty efforts.
America cannot continue to weaken our domestic infrastructure; please vote against any legislation that includes across-the-board spending cuts.
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