Republicans in the House told us exactly what they think about programs that help millions of women and their families: they voted to cut them to the bone. Their spending plan for the rest of 2011 is as irresponsible as it is dangerous, stripping tens of billions of dollars from services that women depend on and prohibiting the federal government from implementing legal protections vital to women.
The House passed the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) with amendments that made an already terrible bill even worse. The legislation headed to the Senate would:
In addition, H.R. 1 cuts funding for prenatal care and maternal and child health, education, job training, community health services, assistance for the elderly, Social Security offices, housing, food safety, environmental protection, and more. Yet the savings that would be achieved by gutting these core programs are less than half the cost of the two-year extension of tax breaks that benefit only the wealthiest Americans.
We're at the beginning of a sustained campaign to protect the most basic and essential programs for women and their families. We know you'll be with us along the way. Take action today and tell your Senators to block these devastating cuts.
Dear [Decision Maker],
The House-passed spending plan for the rest of 2011 slashes funding for services vital to women and families throughout their lives and prohibits the federal government from implementing legal protections important to women. I urge you to reject this drastic plan.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]