Rally in Janesville

Kids and Seniors Tell Congressman Ryan:

Don’t Cut Us!

Kids and seniors will be uniting to rally against the Ryan Budget in the Congressman’s home town of Janesville, Wisconsin, on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at Blackhawk Technical College, Triangle Room, 6004 S. County Rd. G. See our media advisory here.

Every Child Matters (ECM) and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) are working together to highlight the negative effects of the Ryan budget, which would force long-term defunding of important safety net programs, some of which are already wounded by the across-the-board cuts initiated this March.

Joining them in sponsoring the event are the Children’s Leadership Council and the Alliance for Retired Americans.

Recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Ryan Budget makes deep cuts in programs that benefit not only seniors but the health, education, and safety of children. In fact, Chairman Ryan gets 66% of his budget cuts from programs for people with low or moderate incomes. Among other programs, the Ryan Budget:

  • Cuts the Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) which provides health care to more than 22 million children;
  • Cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which ensures that children in more than nine million households get the nutrition they need, and
  • Freezes Pell Grant funding for college students.

The Ryan budget cuts every single program that benefits children, including those that prevent child abuse and neglect.

Congressman Mark Pocan, who also represents Janesville, will speak at the rally, showing his support for no cuts.

Additional speakers at the event are Max Richtman, President/CEO of NCPSSM and Michael Petit, President of ECM and Board Member of the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC). Seniors and parents who would be affected by the cuts will tell their stories.

We need your help. Please show up and show your support for no cuts to programs for kids and seniors. We’ll have ready-made signs available or you can make your own.