by Colleen Flaherty
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution that would delay the Affordable Care Act for one year while keeping the deep, across-the-board sequester cuts and bringing the government closer to a shutdown, all in the name of partisan politics.
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“This a sad day. Once more, the refusal of the far right House Republicans to compromise has pushed the country closer to a shutdown of the federal government. They must end their obsession with stopping the Affordable Care Act that helps 17 million children with preexisting conditions receive healthcare coverage,” said NEA President and Arizona teacher Dennis Van Roekel.
“The refusal to compromise also means a continuation of harmful sequester cuts. Millions of students—especially those with the greatest needs—will pay the price for years to come if the harmful sequester cuts to education continue. Congress must reverse this austerity course, invest in our children’s education and get America moving again.”
The House bill would lock 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.
Since Congress allowed sequester level cuts to be enacted earlier this year, 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 these drastic federal budget cuts.
“Our students, and our country deserve better. It is time to put students and the American people ahead of uncompromising, partisan politics,” said Van Roekel.