Report: The devastating impact of sequestration on the safety net
An influential senator yesterday released a new report on the devastation he warns will come to social programs if sequestration is allowed to take effect. Sequestration is a plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget in an even split between defense and non-defense spending. But while the defense industry has thousands of highly paid lobbyists to protect itself, there are fewer champions for the sort of safety net programs that could be cut for ordinary families.
The report, by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, makes the case for protecting these families. Just three programs would have to absorb $2.7 billion of cuts under sequestration: Title I (which provides vital support for schools), special education state grants, and Head Start. These cuts would touch more than 30 million childrenAnd this is just some of the damage that would be done with the sort of indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts that Congress will go through with if it doesn’t act to stop sequestration. The full state-by-state impact is detailed in the report.
We’re sharing this report with all our state advocates as we work nationwide to oppose cuts to programs for kids. But we thought everybody should read the report firsthand, too. Learn more about sequestration and how your state fares in Sen. Harkin’s report.