Posted In: Kids Not Cuts, Moving in Congress
by Colleen Flaherty
The U.S. House of Representatives today came one step closer to shutting down the federal government, continuing deep cuts to education set in motion by the sequester and permanently defunding the Affordable Care Act.
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“The U.S. House of Representatives today doubled down on continuing the irreparable harm to critical education programs by locking in the damaging sequester cuts that hurt students, public schools and our economy,” said NEA President and Arizona teacher Dennis Van Roekel.
The Continuing Resolution locks in the reckless, arbitrary sequester cuts through December 15 of this year and even sets funding slightly below the current, post-sequestration level, which would cut $3 billion from federal education funding and disproportionately affects children in higher-poverty communities.
“The cuts fall hardest on schools and students; they mean more crowded classrooms and less attention for the students with the greatest needs,” said Van Roekel.
To date, 57,000 children have been cut from Head Start classes, Impact aid for low-income schools has been drastically reduced and school districts across the nation are hurting from major cuts.
In addition to the draconian spending cuts, the Continuing Resolution defunds the Affordable Care Act, a law that ensures 17 million children cannot be denied health care coverage due to preexisting conditions. It would also result in a 70 percent cut to the bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
“The time is now for Congress to reverse the austerity course and invest in our children’s education. America loses when Congress attempts to balance the books on the backs of students and our nation’s most vulnerable.”