Rep. Maloney on GOP’s “Job Killing” Budget Bill

Feb 18, 2011
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) released the statement below on the continuing resolution introduced by House Republicans to fund the federal government through the end of the year.  The House is expected to vote on the continuing resolution, HR 1, by the end of this week.  The Republican budget proposes $81 billion in cuts, which economists say would cost more than 800,000 jobs – just as the economy is emerging from the worst recession in generations.

“This budget proposal, the very first bill introduced by the new Republican majority, will cost more than 800,000 jobs.  Apparently, the Republican leadership is intent on picking up where former President Bush left off.

“Cutting the deficit is important – but the health of our economy is more important.  President Obama’s budget includes a 5-year spending freeze that will reduce the deficit by $400 billion, but protects vital programs to bolster job creation and boost the economy.  Rather than the indiscriminate cuts put forward by House Republicans, we need to pair targeted cuts to programs that aren’t working well with targeted investments in education and infrastructure to move our economy forward.

“We also need to make sure that we’re not balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans. In their mad dash to cut, House Republicans would prevent students from staying in college by cutting Pell grants, kick more than 200,000 kids out of Head Start programs, eviscerate cancer and disease research at the National Institutes of Health, slash funding for family planning, eliminate programs to help homeless veterans, and, literally, take food from the mouths of women and children by cutting WIC.

“Despite these cuts, tax breaks for multinational oil companies and corporations that outsource jobs overseas remain in place.  That’s wrong, and it clear evidence that the priorities of the new House majority are completely out of sync with the needs of struggling Americans.”

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Background

WIC is a federal program of the US Department of Agriculture that helps with nutrition and health care for low-income pregnant women, infants and children—hence the “WIC”—who have a family income below 185% of the poverty line. It is separate from food stamps, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and meant to prevent health problems in mothers and babies.

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