breaks for America’s wealthiest families – leaving America’s
SENATE CUTS $36 BILLION
neediest families further behind.
HOUSE BUDGET CUTS TOTAL We must act right away to ensure that Congress does not
approve unjustified and unneeded tax breaks, and that there
$50 BILLION are no cuts to those the vital programs on which our nation’s
Poor Children & Families Bear Brunt most vulnerable families depend in their struggle to lift
themselves out of poverty.
Congress has proposed between $36 and $50 billion in cuts to
programs that our most vulnerable and struggling families ACTION ALERT: HELP STOP
depend upon and deserve. The House will vote on the future
of a variety of critical programs as early as next week. The OUTRAGEOUS BUDGET CUTS THAT
Senate has already voted $36 billion in cuts. These cuts are HURT CHILDREN!!
still preventable if we act now!
URGE THE HOUSE TO MAKE THE RIGHT
An estimated 9 million children will be hurt by $9.5 billion in CHOICES FOR CHILDREN
proposed cuts to Medicaid. Also, pending approval is
permission for states to charge premiums and co-payments in Call toll free: (888) 233-1221 to
Medicaid services for children. And although children living Reach the Congressional Switchboard
significantly below the poverty line will be immune from the
proposed premiums and co-payments, other “less Tell your House Representative to make the right choices for
impoverished” families who will have to pay may be forced to children. Urge them to vote NO on the budget bill when it
forego needed health care services. Furthermore, critical comes up for a vote next week in the House of
comprehensive health and mental health treatment previously Representatives.
provided through Medicaid will be cut for these “less
impoverished” families. If you want to send an email to your House Representative to
urge them to vote No on the budget bill and tax cuts, go to
Also among the cuts proposed is an $844 million cut in food Children’s Defense Fund’s Action Council website at
stamps during the next five years. This will impact on the http://capwiz.com/cdf. Also check the CDF Action Council
nutrition and wellbeing of approximately 300,000 individuals website at www.cdfny.org for more details about specific cuts
and families. that will harm sick, hungry, abused and poor children.
Medicaid and food stamps are not the only programs on the
chopping block, families with children under six years of age
who are involved in the TANF program, otherwise known as
welfare-for-work, will be subject to an increase in the work
Medicaid Matters, a coalition united to stop budget cuts for the
requirement from 20 hours to 40 hours work per week. This, in
poor and tax breaks for the wealthy has targeted key House
combination with a mere $500 million proposed funding for
Representatives to vote against the budget proposals. While
child care and the proposed cut of $5 billion in child support for
CDF-NY urges you to call your local Representative to ensure
single family households, will place a great strain on families
that your voice is heard, we also ask that you reach out to the
and children living on the edge.
following New York State Representatives:
And as if the proposed cuts were not enough, the Senate is
also scheduled to vote soon on $70 billion in additional tax
Peter King Suffolk, Nassau
Vito Fossella Kings, Staten Island PUBLIC BENEFITS FOR
Sue Kelly Dutchess, Orange, Putnam
John Sweeney Saratoga, Essex, Washington IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
John McHugh Hamilton, Madison, Oswego
Sherwood Boehlert Seneca, Cayuga, Tompkins CDF-NY Training Session in the
James Walsh Wayne, Ononaga Support for Working Families Series
Tom Reynolds Niagara, Orleans, Monroe
Randy Kuhl Schuyler, Yates, Ontario
When: Friday, November 18th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: CDF-NY, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 655, between
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! 43rd and 44th Streets. (Grand Central Station subway lines)
Children Can’t Vote. What: “Helping Immigrant Families Navigate the Maze of
Public Benefits.” The session will cover eligibility requirements
But You Can. and access issues for immigrant clients related to public health
Remember to Vote on insurance, food stamps, child nutrition and tax credits. This
session will be offered in English. If you have any questions,
Tuesday, November 8th please call Minerva Delgado at (212) 697-2323 x 122. Space
is limited. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
indicating your name, organization and number of guests.
New Child Support Regulation Will Hurt Families: A new
regulation forcing parents to open a child support court case in
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
order to receive child care will impact negatively on New York
families. This regulation may endanger domestic violence Margaret Mead Film Video Festival:
victims, cause familial strain, force parents to place their When: Friday, November 4th, Program F2 at 6:30 p.m.; and
children in unsafe child care and leave single parents to take Saturday, November 12th, Program F24 at 4:00 p.m.
time off work to go to court in order to receive the child care Where: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park
they need. “Sistas on the Rise,” a young women’s social and West at 79th Street
economic advocacy group, is urging New Yorkers to advocate What: The festival will feature a highly unique program of short
for the repeal of this regulation. For more information on how films that combine both animation and documentary. Feature
you can help stop this regulation, call 718-991-6003. titles include Ryan by Chris Landreth, Flashbacks from My
Past: Starry Night by Irra Verbitsky, Coming to New York by
Reports about Latinos and Education: The Pew Hispanic Robert Castillo, Mouse Heaven by Kenneth Anger, The Moon
Center recently released new reports that examine Latino and Sun by John Canemaker, and Doubled Up by Samantha
youth in high schools and colleges. According to the reports, Moore. For more information, call (212) 769-5305 or visit
Latino adolescents are more likely to attend the nation’s largest www.amnh.org/mead. For tickets call (212) 769- 5200.
public schools than Black and White adolescents. It was also
reported that foreign-born adolescents who drop out of our HURRICANE DISASTER
nation’s schools have usually fallen behind in their education INFORMATION
even before coming to America. Despite issues regarding
dropouts, a report found that an increasing number of Latinos
Visit CDF-NY’s Hurricane Katrina section at www.cdfny.org for
are attending college. For more comprehensive information
more information on resources available to evacuees.
regarding the high school environment, schooling abroad and
college enrollment reports, visit www.pewhispanic.org.
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