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 – widely regarded as one of the government’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. It’s fast, easy and the right thing to do this season.

Duane Peterson
TrueMajorityACTION

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, “must pass” 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!

http://action.truemajority.org/campaign/head_start_cuts

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.

Erika Argersinger
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
ALABAMA -634
ALASKA -63
ARIZONA -512
ARKANSAS -421
CALIFORNIA -3,832
COLORADO -380
CONNECTICUT -277
DELAWARE -85
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -132
FLORIDA -1,378
GEORGIA -908
HAWAII -119
IDAHO -115
ILLINOIS -1,537
INDIANA -551
IOWA -301
KANSAS -308
KENTUCKY -623
LOUISIANA -851
MAINE -154
MARYLAND -401
MASSACHUSETTS -499
MICHIGAN -1,361
MINNESOTA -400
MISSISSIPPI -1,036
MISSOURI -677
MONTANA -114
NEBRASKA -197
NEVADA -107
NEW HAMPSHIRE -63
NEW JERSEY -586
NEW MEXICO -289
NEW YORK -1,910
NORTH CAROLINA -740
NORTH DAKOTA -91
OHIO -1,473
OKLAHOMA -522
OREGON -338
PENNSYLVANIA -1,196
RHODE ISLAND -122
SOUTH CAROLINA -474
SOUTH DAKOTA -110
TENNESSEE -637
TEXAS -2,626
UTAH -214
VERMONT -61
VIRGINIA -533
WASHINGTON -431
WEST VIRGINIA -296
WISCONSIN -524
WYOMING -69

Here’s the message we’ll send to your Congresspeople:

Dear Congressperson,

The across-the-board spending cuts being debated in Congress don’t differentiate between waste and programs known to deliver strong results. The cuts include programs like Head Start, one of government’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.

(We’ll put your name and address here.)

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