Congressional Budget Cuts Will Hurt New Hampshire Kids

Every Child Matters in New Hampshire is asking Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen to reject the deep cuts in programs for children, youth and families the House adopted last week. The House measure cuts $61 billion nationwide in this fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. Hundreds of millions in health, education, and safety programs could be cut in New Hampshire if the Senate, expected to vote on the budget next week, goes along with the House. Every Child Matters urges the Senate to fund children’s programs at their current levels for the rest of the year. Already faced with a severe state budget deficit, the situation will be made much worse if Congress adopts the House budget. Among scores of federally funded programs to be cut in New Hampshire:

Mary Lou Beaver, the director of Every Child Matters in NH, states “Regardless how high the federal deficit, cutting smart policies and proven programs that benefit New Hampshire kids just does not make sense. For us to remain competitive in a global economy we need to invest in our children and give them the skills they need. The U.S. is a rich country with a budget deficit. It can bring the deficit down without sacrificing the future of our kids.”

Beaver said that in addition to urging Sens. Ayotte and Shaheen to reject the House budget, Every Child Matters will be meeting with Reps. Bass and Guinta to explain how these cuts will harm their smallest constituents.

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