This Friday, March 1, unless the Congress acts, automatic federal budget cuts under “sequestration” will go into effect. These cuts will impact a number of vital services critically-important to low-income people.
Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the American Family Economic Protection Act (pdf), the Senate Democrats’ bill to avoid sequestration. The proposal would prevent cuts to education, public health, nutrition and other vital services by replacing them with more gradual cuts to the Pentagon, setting a minimum tax for millionaires and closing some corporate tax loopholes.
Take Action: Contact your Senators immediately and urge them to vote for the American Family Economic Act when the bill comes up for a vote tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 28).
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Here is a sample of what could happen if these budget cuts go into effect:
- 600,000 low-income women and young children could be cut from the WIC program
- 19 million fewer meals for seniors from programs like Meals on Wheels
- 5,000,000 fewer low-income families receiving prenatal health care and other services that help decrease infant mortality and improve maternal health
- 112,190 fewer victims of domestic violence receiving services
- 750,000 Americans losing their jobs
- $2.4 million cut from funding food banks need to store and distribute food at a time of increased demand and tightened resources.
Questions? Please contact me (Lisa Sherrill) at (925) 676-7543 extension 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.